Civil rights group: State passive on voter turnout

By: PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press
By: PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Civil rights activists say state elections officials in Texas show no interest in raising turnout following the first election under a new voter ID law.

The Texas Civil Rights Project claimed in a report Monday that state agencies and public schools aren't doing enough to register voters. The Austin-based group says the secretary of state's office is "lackadaisical at best" when it comes to enforcing voter registration opportunities.

Alicia Pierce, spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office, said the agency had not yet seen the report and didn't immediately comment.

Secretary of State John Steen is stepping down in January. He and other top Republicans have pointed to higher turnout in last month's statewide elections to rebuff criticism that a new voter ID law would disenfranchise Texans.

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