SB 1 is an appalling, anti-democracy effort by Texas Republicans to construct barriers to voting for people they believe will not support them. — Eric Holder, 82nd Attorney General of the United States
SB 1 is an appalling, anti-democracy effort by Texas Republicans to construct barriers to voting for people they believe will not support them. — Eric Holder, 82nd Attorney General of the United States
Texas governor signs voting restrictions bill into law
The restrictive voting measure adds Texas to the list of Republican-controlled states that have seized on former President Donald Trump's lies about widespread voter fraud and clamped down on access to the ballot box this year. Already, Florida, Georgia and other states have enacted new voting laws.

The election overhaul in Texas comes as Republicans seek to hold onto power in a rapidly changing state where people of color make up virtually all of the population growth -- and that growth is concentrated in large cities that tend to vote Democratic.

Democrats had fled the Capitol in Austin for weeks in an effort to stymie the bill -- first preventing the passage of a similar measure at the end of the state's regular legislative session in May, then forcing Abbott to call two special sessions to tackle what the governor called "election integrity."

... Opponents of Senate Bill 1 said its provisions will disproportionately.

... Marc Elias, the leading Democratic elections lawyer, said immediately after Abbott signed the bill that he had filed a lawsuit on behalf of a group of Texas organizations challenging the law, arguing it violates the Voting Rights Act.

The lawsuit says the new Texas law contains provisions "intended to impose a particular burden on Texas's Black and Latino communities -- exacerbating the marginalization caused by more than a century of discriminatory practices."

"SB 1 is an appalling, anti-democracy effort by Texas Republicans to construct barriers to voting for people they believe will not support them," Eric Holder, the US attorney general under then-President Barack Obama, said in a statement. "What makes this bill and similar ones Republicans are pushing across the country even more un-American is that Republicans are using the 'Big Lie' about the 2020 election as a pretext to support them. The reality is that these bills have nothing to do with election integrity or security, but rather are discriminatory measures making it harder for all people to vote. These bills will have a disproportionate impact on communities of color."
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