Texas Democrats Stage Walkout to Fight GOP-Backed Voting Restrictions
‘Bold Move Needed to Combat Efforts to Suppress Our Right to Vote,’ says HCDP Chair
HARRIS COUNTY, TX — Texas Democrats today staged a walkout in opposition to voting bills Republicans were fast-tracking through the Legislature. The action is an effort to block the bills from advancing. At least 51 Democrats from the Texas House of Representatives left the state, risking arrest.
HCDP Chair Odus Evbagharu issued the following statement in response to this action:
“Texas Democrats made the bold move needed to combat efforts to suppress our right to vote. Do not think this was a decision made in haste. It was a strategic response to over-the-top efforts by Republicans to silence Texas voters with excessive and unwarranted voting restrictions.
“Since the last election, Republicans have upped their efforts to pass laws that make it harder to cast ballots,” Evbagharu said. “We know these laws have a greater impact on Black and brown voters.
“Texas Democrats are doing everything possible to ensure everyone in our state has an equal right to vote; these legislators are doing their job, and we stand with them.”
For Immediate Release
July 12, 2021
Contact: Elisa Rochford