TEXAS — Today, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas and Secretary of State John Scott to challenge certain provisions of Senate Bill 1 for violating the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Senate Bill 1 — Texas Republicans’ anti-voter legislation — passed the Texas Legislature during the second special session and was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on September 7, 2021.
Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie), Mexican American Legislative Caucus Chair Rafael Anchía (D-Dallas), Texas Legislative Black Caucus Chair Nicole Collier (D-Fort Worth) and Texas Legislative Study Group Chair Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) released the following joint statement in response:
“We are grateful to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Biden Administration for taking decisive action to stop Texas Republicans’ continued attacks on our democracy.
“Senate Bill 1 is a sweeping piece of legislation that creates unnecessary and deliberate barriers to voting. This bill was never about election security or voter integrity. It was always about Texas Republicans using the Big Lie to justify restricting access to the ballot box.
“We are hopeful the DOJ’s challenge will bring necessary relief to Texans, but we cannot always rely on the courts to protect our freedom to vote from attack by the GOP. We need the U.S. Senate to reform the filibuster and pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act immediately. Our democracy depends on it.”