(TEXAS) – Today, the Houston Chronicle released an article highlighting a recent analysis from the Brennan Center for Justice that found voters of color were 50% more likely to have their mail ballots rejected under Texas’s 2021 anti-voter bill — a high percentage of the almost 25,000 ballots rejected during this year’s primary.
Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie), Mexican American Legislative Caucus Chair Rafael Anchía (D-Dallas), Texas Legislative Black Caucus Chair Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City) and Texas Legislative Study Group Chair Armando Walle (D-Houston) released the following joint statement in response:
“The results of this study are disheartening, but not surprising. Our caucuses did everything in our power last session to stop Senate Bill 1 from becoming law because we knew it was discriminatory. Now, this analysis proves it — Texas Republicans’ anti-voter bill has made it harder for all Texans, particularly Texans of color, to vote.
“We have to keep fighting back, and one of the best ways we can fight back is by voting. Websites like mytexasvotes.com and vote411.org can help eligible Texans navigate the new barriers to casting a ballot.
“It is true that you cannot out-organize voter suppression. But you can use all the resources available to ensure that your voice is heard and that we elect legislators who will safeguard your constitutional right to vote.
“Our caucuses stand united and are prepared to work next session to ensure every eligible Texan is able to exercise their freedom to vote.”
The Texas House Democratic Caucus, which is composed of all Democrats in the Texas House, serves as the group’s membership services and logistical arm, and works to support House Democrats with communications, policy, and legal resources. Chaired by Rep. Chris Turner (D – Grand Prairie), the Caucus is focused on fighting for real solutions for all Texans.
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