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Texas Voter ID Law

The Austin Lawyers Chapter

Start : Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:00 PM

End : Tuesday, December 03, 2013 01:30 PM


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Location:
Sullivan's Steakhouse
300 Colorado Street
Austin, TX

Description:

Speakers:

  • Daniel Hodge, Chief of Staff, Office of Attorney General Greg Abbott; and First Assistant Attorney General
  • Reed Clay, Senior Counsel to the First Assistant Attorney General

Daniel Hodge and Reed Clay will discuss Texas’s voter ID law and the relevant legal issues it has faced since its passage in 2011. In light of the United States Supreme Court Decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has publicly stated that Texas will move forward with implementation of the law.

Recently, however, the U.S. Department of Justice began a new round of litigation. This time, the claim is that Texas’s voter ID law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, as well as the voting guarantees of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder claims that Texas’s voter ID law is nothing more than pure voter suppression and discrimination.

As top officials in the Texas Attorney General’s office, Daniel Hodge and Reed Clay will provide insight on these issues. They will discuss and analyze Shelby County v. Holder, the Department of Justice’s new lawsuit against Texas, and Eric Holder’s claims of voter suppression.