5 college students from Texas’ Prairie View A&M College sued Waller County on Monday accusing it of voter suppressive ways aimed at its Black residents, in response to the Texas Tribune.
The scholars allege that the county has violated the federal Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Structure as a result of there are not any early voting places on the campus and in Prairie View citing that its determination “imposes a considerable and unwarranted burden” negatively impacts scholar voters.
The go well with additionally claims that scholar voters are denied “an equal alternative to vote” in comparison with non-black voters in Waller County.
“There isn’t a professional, non-discriminatory purpose for defendants to disclaim alternatives for early voting throughout the first week to plaintiffs and black voters in Prairie View on an equal foundation with different non-black voters of the Waller County,” reads the lawsuit, per the Tribune.
The scholars are being represented by the NAACP Authorized Protection and Instructional Fund and have requested a federal decide to make the county arrange early voting websites which are open on the weekends, writes the Tribune.
Town of Waller, which is predominately White and has half of the eligible voting-age inhabitants, can have two early voting places throughout the first week and can be open on Saturday, per studies. One other web site can be open for the second week of early voting.
Prairie View is a predominately Black space, however can have solely 5 days of early voting throughout the second week, the plaintiffs allege. The scholars added that two of these days can be in an space off-campus that they are saying is tough for college kids to get to in the event that they don’t have correct transportation.
In 2013, college students at the college, which is the oldest traditionally black college in Texas, had been allowed to vote at a polling web site on campus for the primary time.