(Austin, TEXAS) – Today, Senate Bill 1 — Texas Republicans’ anti-voter legislation — passed out of the Texas House of Representatives.
Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner issued the following statement in response:
“Today, 169 days after Republicans first filed their original voter restriction bill, the legislation passed the Texas House 80 to 41.
“This bill was never about election security or voter integrity. It was always about using the Big Lie to justify restricting access to the ballot box. Yesterday, Republicans proved it again by voting:
- four times against studying how this bill would impact communities of color or protecting minority voters from discrimination;
- four times against reducing the bill’s steep criminal penalties; and
- sixteen times against efforts to make voting more accessible.
“From the very beginning of this fight, we knew we wouldn’t be able to hold off this bill forever. That’s why federal voter protection legislation is essential. Our 38-day quorum break and hard work in Washington, D.C. led to the U.S. House passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act sooner than anticipated. Now, the U.S. Senate must do the same to protect Texas voters from continued Republican attacks on their freedom to vote.”