September 14, 2021
On September 3, 2021, Weil and its partner organization, the Brennan Center for Justice, brought suit against Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Deputy Secretary of State Jose Esparza, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Medina County Elections Administrator Lupe Torres to challenge Texas Senate Bill 1, a sweeping update of Texas’ voting laws purportedly to address voting fraud. The suit was brought on behalf of clients Friendship-West Baptist Church, the Anti-Defamation League Austin, Southwest, and Texoma Regions, Texas Impact, Harris County Elections Administrator Isabel Longoria, and James Lewin in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division. Senate Bill 1 clamps down on voting accessibility through onerous new requirements for voting assistance and mail-in ballots, constrains election officials’ ability to control poll watcher harassment, bans 24-hour and drive-through voting, and criminalizes protected speech aimed at increasing voter participation in violation of the First, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, Section 2 and Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The lawsuit has drawn national attention and seeks a judgment declaring the challenged provisions of Senate Bill 1 unlawful and injunction prohibiting their enforcement.
The Brennan Center for Justice is an independent, nonpartisan law and policy organization that works to reform, revitalize, and when necessary, defend systems of democracy and justice in the United States.
The Weil team is led by Litigation partner Liz Ryan in Dallas, and Appeals and Strategic Counseling practice Co-Head Zack Tripp in Washington, D.C., and includes associate Megan Cloud in Dallas and Alex Cohen in New York.