Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa and Vice Chair Carla Brailey issued the following statement:
“Fifty-five years ago today, a great Texan, President Lyndon Baines Johnson, signed the Voting Rights Act into law. It was a historic and hard-fought victory by Civil Rights leaders and activists all over the country, including Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis.
“Before this landmark legislation, racial discrimination — poll taxes, literacy tests, and state-sanctioned violence kept Black and other minority would-be voters from the booth. While we celebrate the scale and magnitude of the Voting Rights Act, we realize that our work is far from over. We must restore the Voting Rights Act, expand vote by mail, and fully fund our elections systems. Above all, we should be making it more convenient for eligible Americans to cast their ballot.
“Since the Voting Rights Act was gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court, Trump and Texas Republicans have taken every opportunity to make voting more difficult for Latino, Black and other voters that the VRA was created to protect. One of the reasons voting is harder in Texas than it is elsewhere is because we lost the protections of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.
“Texas Democrats know that our democracy thrives when more people participate, not less. That’s why in partnership with Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight Action, the Texas Democratic Party created our biggest voter protection program in history; launched our year-round, multi-lingual 1-844-TX-VOTES voter assistance hotline; empowers voters to register to vote, vote by mail, and more at MyTexasVotes.com; and has taken Republicans to court to protect voting rights. We will continue to fight to preserve the legacy and promise of the Voting Rights Act until every eligible Texan can cast their ballot.”