Texas House Dems Walkout to Avoid Vote on Restrictive Voting Bill
On Sunday night, Texas House Democrats staged a walkout to block passage of Texas' new more restrictive voting bill. By leaving, the House chamber no longer had the 100-member quorum necessary to pass the Senate bill.
The new proposed bill will reduce polling hours, empower poll watchers and eliminate some of the ways to vote in Texas. The bill was passed in the Senate early Sunday where Republicans hold the majority.
Said Democratic state Rep. Carl Sherman, "We’ve said for so many years that we want more people to participate in our democracy. And it just seems that’s not the case."
Since former President Trump's defeat in the Presidential election, at least 14 states have introduced more restrictive voting laws, with nearly 400 bills filed just this year.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has announced he will order a special session to finish the job and pass the bill.
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