AUSTIN, Texas — Republican anti-voter legislation, Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), passed out of the Texas Senate this morning, shortly after Sen. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) stood strong for voting rights and filibustered against it for 15 hours. SB 1 now heads to the House, which still does not have a quorum to be able to pass the legislation.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Texas Democrats strongly condemn this anti-voter bill and the process used to rush it through the legislature. It is shameful that our Texas Republican leaders are so desperate to rig our voting system in their favor that they would deny Texans their right to participate in democracy. While the GOP shows their cowardice, Democrats are standing on firm ground and blocking every advancement of this anti-voter law. We continue to urge Congress to take up and pass federal voting rights legislation and end this all-out assault on our democracy once and for all.”