Democrats and NAACP Prepare for Action against Election Suppression Law in Texas – Legal Reader
The bill would make it difficult for people to vote using unconventional methods.
The Texas House of Representatives Democrats prepare to fight a recent vote-suppression bill passed by the state Senate.
According to The Houston Chronicle, Texas Senate Law 7 was passed early Sunday morning.
Legislation would prohibit early voting across Texas after 9 p.m. It would also end the drive-through voting that was held in Harrison’s Harris County during the 2020 presidential election.
In addition to restricting unconventional voting methods during the coronavirus pandemic, Senate Draft 7 would also restrict postal voting: counties and municipalities are not allowed to use mailboxes, and anyone who wants to send a ballot by post must prove that they have a disability that they do prevents you from voting in person.
The Houston Chronicle notes that the Texas Republicans have claimed these measures are necessary to prevent widespread electoral fraud – although there was no evidence that electoral fraud occurred in the last election.
Former Texas Attorney General and current Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Image via Flickr / User: Gage Skidmore. (CCA-BY-2.0).
Nonetheless, Conservatives have parroted the line of “election fraud” since President Donald Trump lost to Joe Biden.
“SB 7 is one of the most comprehensive and sensible electoral reform laws in Texas history,” said Senator Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) and MP Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park), who co-drafted the bill. “There is nothing more fundamental for this democracy and our state than the integrity of our elections.”
While Republicans insist that Senate Bill 7 affects all Texans equally, Democrats have suggested that their right-wing counterparts try to suppress minorities.
Rep. Nicole Collier, a Fort Worth Democrat, said those of color are the ones most likely to be affected by Senate Law 7.
“There are so many measures in this bill that are harmful to all Texans and I wish I could say this is new, but this is not new,” Collier said during a weekend press conference. “In Texas we have repeatedly seen measures aimed at restricting our voices.”
At a virtual press conference on Sunday, Harris County judge Linda Hidalgo said she couldn’t understand why Texan lawmakers were trying to make it harder for people to vote.
“They realized that helping people who believe the election was stolen will help them politically; But these political points that they could achieve do not justify the demolition of our democracy, ”said Hidalgo on Sunday. “You can’t come back from that – certainly not that easy.”
The Texan NAACP has vowed to file a lawsuit the same day that Senate Bill 7 goes into effect.
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