The high cost and burden of the Section 5 preclearance process
This story from MySanAntonio reports on the real costs of litigation over Texas redistricting, now reaching almost $1 million dollars. The escalating costs, burden and delay may very well impact the future analysis of whether Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is proportional and congruent to its invasive and burdensome nature. The Section 5 review process of voting changes ranging from voter ID to redistricting is only inexpensive if you roll over and take DOJ's biased abuse in the administrative process. To the article:
The total is expected to grow as the battle continues. Contracts with outside counsel go through August and could be extended. The court battle has pushed back Texas' primary to May 29, with a federal district court in San Antonio ordering interim district lines for the 2012 election. Meanwhile, a federal court in Washington is weighing Abbott's push for preclearance of the maps approved by the Legislature for long-term use.
“I expect the whole thing to top out over a million or so. The political spin on it will depend on to what extent is that viewed as excessive,” said Mark Jones, Rice University professor of political science. Democrats see it as a waste of taxpayer money in defense of a plan they see as unfair and in violation of the Voting Rights Act. Abbott's spokeswoman says he's fulfilling his responsibility to defend state laws.