AUSTIN, Texas — Today, Texas Senate Republicans overwhelmingly voted along party lines to pass one of the most restrictive voting bills since the Jim Crow era. The anti-voter bill, S.B. 1, has passed both chambers and will head to Gov. Abbott’s desk.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Today, Texas Republicans confirmed there is only one major political party in this state that respects the basic tenets of democracy and its foundation: the freedom to vote. And while Democrats have fought hard to protect Texans’ right to vote, Texas Republicans are committed to staying in power at any cost — even at the expense of our democracy.
“With S.B. 1, the GOP has only one goal: to keep Republicans in power by limiting Texans’ voting access. This bill has always been about Republicans silencing the voices of millions of Texans because they cannot win any other way. This is a racist, anti-democracy bill that will cement Texas’s position as the hardest state in the country to vote in.
“At this point, there is only one solution to preserve democracy and voting rights in Texas and around the country: we must enact federal legislation that will protect our voting rights. Democrats in our state legislature have fought with all they have to block this bill, and thanks to our lawmakers’ efforts in D.C., the U.S. House has passed the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, putting us one step closer to reinstating critical voting rights protections. We need the U.S. Senate to take up the baton, pass this bill into law, and preserve our democracy. Nothing less is on the line.”