After all their insistence that the 2020 elected was rigged against one candidate – insistence that led to court cases, disbarred lawyers, threats against a landscaping company, and an attempted insurrection – Republicans are pushing for sweeping changes to voting laws. The only things they’re truly trying to change, though, are the hurdles black and brown people face when casting a ballot.
JUST IN: The Justice Dept. is suing Texas over key components of the state's sweeping voting law that federal officials say are in violation of U.S. protections for civil rights and voting access. https://t.co/LOv1YjmqBl
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 4, 2021
The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging SB 1, a new voter suppression bill written and approved by Texas lawmakers. The bill restricts most types of voting utilized by black and brown voters and the DOJ says that it’s in direct violation of the civil rights afforded to Americans as laid out in the U.S. Constitution.
According to NBC News, a statement attached to the lawsuit filed by Attorney General Merrick Garland said that:
‘In this action, the United States challenges provisions of SB 1 that deny eligible voters meaningful assistant in the voting booth and require rejection of mail ballot materials for immaterial errors or omissions.
‘Our democracy depends on the right of eligible voters to cast a ballot and to have that ballot counted.’
JUST IN: The Justice Department announced it has sued the State of Texas over its restrictive voting law that went into effect in September. https://t.co/x1aSECNFAs
— ABC News (@ABC) November 4, 2021
Although Texas doesn’t fall in the same category as states like Georgia and Arizona, which flipped from red to blue to 2020, but their midterm and general election numbers had to been uncomfortably close for the GOP. So close, in fact, that the legislative body in Texas are working double-time to suppress the votes most likely to be cast for Democrats.
‘The Texas law bans overnight and drive-thru early voting, both of which were popular in Houston’s Harris County last year during heightened concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. While lawmakers had previously considered a bill that would have limited Sunday morning early voting, the final version of the legislation increased the number of hours on Sunday that counties must offer, from five to six hours.’
Texas Republicans will do anything in their power to disenfranchise voters and silence minorities.
— Rep. Veronica Escobar (@RepEscobar) November 4, 2021
Earlier this year, Democratic Texas lawmakers left Texas together to fly to Washington, D.C. instead of casting a vote against the restrictions, which they already knew would pass but couldn’t temporarily without enough elected officials to hold a vote. During that time, the legislators did what they could to shine a light on the bill and its implications for Texas voters.
‘The state law was passed over the objections of Democratic lawmakers, many of whom briefly fled the state earlier this year in an unsuccessful attempt to block its passage.
‘This is the second major lawsuit focused on voting access filed by the Justice Department since President Joe Biden took office. In June, the Justice Department sued Georgia, arguing that limits on absentee ballots in a new state law will disproportionately affect Black voters.’
Breaking News: The Justice Department sued Texas over its new voting law, arguing that the Republican-led measure would disenfranchise vulnerable groups. https://t.co/F8JgVpE4H4 pic.twitter.com/xWpDWCNhmz
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 4, 2021