Lawyers for a disability rights group are threatening to sue the state for failing to provide voter registration services to Texans with disabilities who obtain job training from state agencies, a violation of federal law, according to a letter sent Monday afternoon. The letter, from lawyers with the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities and the Texas Civil Rights Project, states that under the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, Texas is mandated to make it easier for disabled people to register to vote if they receive job training from state agencies.
The Texas Workforce Commission, which took over the state’s job training responsibilities two years ago, has violated the NVRA by continuously failing to provide these services, according to the letter.
“Participation makes our democracy stronger and democracy is who we are as Texans,” Beth Stevens, voting rights program director for TCRP, said in a statement. “Right now, the Texas Workforce Commission is failing to live up to our society’s promise of participation, regardless of the disabilities Texans may have.”