This week marks the beginning of early voting for the 2020 primary runoff elections in Texas.
Unfortunately, as cases spike across the state and the COVID-19 metrics skyrocket into dangerous territory, Texans will not have the opportunity to vote by mail-in ballot. Instead, voters will have to choose to put themselves at risk in order to have their voices heard. Stonewalling the expansion of voting by mail is nothing short of another Republican attempt at voter suppression.
This is simply the latest example of Gov. Abbott’s pattern of sacrificing public safety for empty, political gains. It is also another example of Republican leaders encouraging Texas to fall behind. Other states with strict voting regulations similar to Texas’ recently loosened restrictions around who is allowed to vote by mail.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was quoted as saying: “No Michigander has to choose between their health and their right to vote.”
So why is Gov. Abbott forcing Texans to make that choice? Especially when we know that voting by mail is secure, easy and convenient?
Next Session, Texas House Democrats will fight to make voting more accessible, because we know nothing is as sacred in politics as the right to have your voice heard. We will continue to fight discriminatory policies that wear the disguise of security, but in reality suppress the voices of the communities we represent.
But for this election, please wear your mask, practice social distancing, and go make your voice heard at the ballot box.
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