As Texas Rips Rights Away, Congress Must Pass Federal Voting Protections Now
Watchdog: “The brazen attack on the freedom to vote in Texas is yet another reminder that Congress has no excuse for further delay in passing sweeping federal voting rights protections.”
Washington, D.C. — In response to Governor Greg Abbott signing away voting rights for countless Texans — especially Black and Latino voters, low-income voters, and voters with disabilities — Accountable.US released the following statement:
“The lawmakers who passed this Jim Crow-style legislation will be responsible for disenfranchising countless Texans to appease the twice-impeached former president and prop up his Big Lie. Every corporation that claimed to care about democracy but turned its back on Texans during this critical fight has failed its customers, shareholders, employees, and the country,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “The brazen attack on the freedom to vote in Texas is yet another reminder that Congress has no excuse for further delay in passing sweeping federal voting rights protections. Lawmakers must act before more states follow Texas’ lead in tearing down democracy.”
BACKGROUND: See Accountable.US’s recent report on leading U.S. corporations and executives that gave Governor Abbott millions of dollars amidst his push for legislation that would disenfranchise voters in his state — in many cases after publicly signaling their support for voter protections. The group also found that corporate leaders including AT&T, USAA, San Antonio Spurs Board Member Jim Leininger, and oil and gas company affiliated PACs and members of their corporate leadership gave thousands to Texas state senators who voted to advance the voter restrictions in early July.
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