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AUSTIN – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Texas'”one person, one vote” system in April. The ruling was seen as a victory for legislators – mostly Democrats – who represent areas made up of high populations of people who are not eligible to vote.
Austin’s NAACP chapter president Nelson Linder called the ruling “encouraging for voters.”
The local Austin chapter focuses on educating its members about their voting rights, but Linder said he has seen very few voters face barriers at the polls since becoming president.
Linder said Austin leaders do well to inform their residents about their voting rights, but he said Texas’ strict voter ID law is a barrier on elderly people and students. He also argued that Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent claim of voter fraud being “rampant” in the state was unlikely.
“Somebody said there are more UFOs than voter fraud,” he said. “I think that’s about right.”