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Mon June 11, 2012
UPDATE: Hearing Continues Over Texas Voter Registration
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Voter advocates told a federal judge that Texas law stands in the way of large-scale voter registration efforts.
The Galveston County Daily News reports the testimony came in a Monday federal court hearing in Galveston. The nonprofit group Project Vote wants a court order to block portions of the law regulating how voter registration applications are handled.
Project Vote Executive Director Michael Slater testified that his group wouldn't run voter registration drives because the law makes volunteer registrars vulnerable to fraud allegations if they make minor lapses or errors. He says provisions, ironically, also make it harder to spot genuine fraud.
The group sued Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade and Galveston County Voter Registrar Cheryl Johnson in February. Andrade and Johnson deny the allegations.
The hearing resumes Tuesday.
Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.