Join a phone bank to stop these anit-voter bills!

HCDP is hosting virtual phone banks to get voters to speak out against SB7 and HB6.

We will be calling Democrats and asking them to reach out to their Representatives and let them know how upset we are about these voter suppression bills.

Sign up and bring a friend!

 

What is SB7 & HB6?

Texas is already one of the hardest states to vote in in the country. Legislators on both sides of the aisle should be expanding the right to vote, not restricting it. Together, SB7 and HB6 would:

  • Ban drive-through and outdoor voting. The 127,000 Harris County voters who used drive-through voting - including the thousands of Republicans - would lose that option.

  • Limit number of polling locations and how the county can allocate voting machines. This will lead to more lines like the lines we saw at TSU in March.

  • Restrict voters from dropping off completed absentee ballots. 

  • Discourage volunteers from driving voters, including the elderly, to polling places.

  • Eliminate large voting sites meant to make voting quicker.

  • Increase burdens on voters with disabilities to access assistance at the polls.

  • Would allow poll watchers to video record you while voting 

 

The only goal of these bills is voter suppression. 

  • Texas is already the hardest state to vote in in the country, and these bills make it even harder for everyone to vote, especially people of color.

  • These bills impose unnecessary restrictions on voters and local election officials, while empowering partisan poll watchers.

  • Fighting voter suppression is bigger than partisan politics, this is the difference between right and wrong.

  • Voting is fundamental to our democracy. No one should be supporting bills that deny people their right to vote.

    • Especially not in a state where last year, a Black man voting at an HBCU had to wait in line until 2am to cast his ballot.

  • Texans already face so many barriers to cast their ballots - no online registration, a harsh deadline to register, a two-step process to vote by mail, limited drop off boxes - we need to find ways to increase access, not put up more barriers to participation.

 

And in particular, the goal is the suppression of voters of color.

  • Texas has a long history of suppressing the votes of people of color. From poll taxes to whites-only primaries, our state legislators have long used their power to restrict the right to vote. SB7 and HB6 are no different.

  • These bills encourage regular voter purges, which the state has used as recently as two years ago to target Latinx voters.

  • It increases the potential for criminalization of public servants, volunteer election workers, and voters by the Attorney General’s elections unit -- which is known for targeting of people of color for prosecutions.

  • Our state leaders are scared of the changing Texas electorate, and they are changing the rules to shut younger, diverse voters out of the process and protect their own power.

  • This also follows a national playbook seen in Georgia and other southern states implementing Jim Crow 2.o.

 

Updates:

TX Lege: SB7 was passed by the Senate on a party line vote at 2:00 AM on April 1, 2021. HB6 was left pending in committee after 20 hours of public testimony, but it could be voted out of committee and scheduled for a vote by the full House at any time.

Mounting Pressure on the Business Community: Last Thursday, American Airlines, Dell, & Microsoft issued statements condemning SB7. MLB decided to move the All-Star game out of Atlanta in response to the voter suppression bill passed in Georgia.

 

What can you do to help?

Call TX House Elections Committee Members! 

  1. Chair: Briscoe Cain, 512-463-0733 HD 128 Baytown

  2. Vice-Chair: Jessica González, 512- 463-0408

  3. Member: Mike Schofield, 512-463-0528 132 Katy

  4. Member: Valoree Swanson, 512-463-0572 HD 150 Spring

  5. Member: Michelle Beckley, 512-463-0478

  6. Member: John Bucy III, 512-463-0696

  7. Member: Travis Clardy, 512-463-0592

  8. Member: Art Fierro, 512-463-0596

  9. Member: Jacey Jetton, 512-463-0710

 

Call Houston Republican State Representatives

  1. Lacey Hull: 512-463-0727

  2. Jim Murphy: 512-463-0514

  3. Tom Oliverson: 512- 463-0661

  4. Dennis Paul: 512-463-0734

  5. Dan Huberty: 512-463-0520

  6. E. Sam Harless: 512-463-0496

 

Call Your Representative 

  1. https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home

 

Call State Leadership 

  1. Governor Abbott: (512) 463-1782

  2. Lt. Governor Patrick: (512) 463-5342

  3. Speaker Phelan: (512) 463-1000