I was born in segregation. We think we've made progress, and then all of a sudden there's a new law that moves us back in time. — Democratic state Rep. Garnet Coleman
I was born in segregation. We think we've made progress, and then all of a sudden there's a new law that moves us back in time. — Democratic state Rep. Garnet Coleman
Texas Legislature sends voting restrictions bill to governor's desk
Abbott's signature would add Texas -- where Republicans are seeking to hold onto power in one of the nation's fastest-growing and diversifying places -- to a list of states that includes Florida and Georgia attempting to seize on former President Donald Trump's lies about election fraud and enact restrictive laws this year.

Democrats had fled from the state for weeks to prevent the House from having the quorum necessary to vote on the bill -- forcing Abbott to call the Legislature into two special sessions to address what the second-term Republican misleadingly characterized as "election integrity," even though there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Texas.

The bill "will solidify trust and confidence in the outcome of our elections by making it easier to vote and harder to cheat," Abbott said in a statement Tuesday after the bill's final passage in the state House and Senate. "I look forward to signing Senate Bill 1 into law, ensuring election integrity in Texas."

Once several Democrats returned to the Capitol in Austin last week, the party was powerless to stop election law changes that its leaders say will impose burdens that fall disproportionately on minorities and people with disabilities.

"I was born in segregation," Democratic state Rep. Garnet Coleman said before Tuesday's House before the vote. "We think we've made progress, and then all of a sudden there's a new law that moves us back in time."

... Democrats in Texas -- as the party's members have in other states -- said the only way to halt Republican laws that restrict voting access is for Congress to pass federal voting rights protections, which remain stalled on Capitol Hill.


"We knew we wouldn't be able to hold off this day forever. Now that it has come, we need the U.S. Senate to act immediately to pass federal legislation to protect Texas voters from Republicans' assault on our democracy," Texas House Democratic caucus chair Chris Turner said in a statement.
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