Democrats in the Texas lower House boycotted a legislative assembly late Sunday (May 30), blocking a poll on an election reform bill criticizers say would make it more challenging for Hispanics and Blacks to poll.
GOP House members stated that only an hour before a midnight target time to pass the move, Democrats had walked out to deny the Representatives House a quorum for a vote.
On Monday, the Texas House went into break until 10 AM, beyond the midnight yesterday time limit to pass lawmaking in this session.
Texas House Democrats:
Fight this voter suppression bill with all you’ve got.
This is about the right to vote for every single Texan. There’s nothing more important.
Keep up the fight, as long as it takes. Whatever it takes.
The people of Texas are counting on you.
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) May 30, 2021
Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, strongly supports the bill and says in an emailed statement that the bill would be added to a special lawmaking session planned for this Autumn. Legislation supporters said it’s needed to strengthen election security.
Michael McCaul of Texas, GOP US Representative, told CNN that the determination is to provide US people more confidence in their elections.
Democrats say This Legislation Discourages Elderly, Disabled and Black
Civil rights groups and Democrats say that such law-making discourages Blacks, and elderly, and the disabled.
GOP state legislators across the United States of America have chased more strict voting limits following Donald Trump’s baseless claims that he lost the US 2020 Presidential election amid extensive election fraud.
According to a report released Friday by Brennan Center for Justice, until now, fourteen other American states enacted twenty-two laws in 2021 that make it tougher for US people to vote. It also totaled four hundred bills filed in 2021 countrywide that would restrict voting.
Texas’s NAACP civil rights organization and state’s Lawmaking Black Caucus members said the voting bill pushed back to the Jim Crow-era when legislation was passed to block voters of color from voting and maintain racial discrimination in American South from the late 19th century into the 1960s.