Texas, Sep 1: The Republican-controlled Texas state parliament passed a controversial election law on Tuesday that was seen as limiting the right of minorities to vote.
This law, which officially aims to make elections safer based on unfounded information about widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential elections, specifically prohibits car voting and imposes several restrictions on voting dates and voting by mail.
Opponents of the text believe that these restrictions mainly target provisions that facilitate minority voting, especially blacks who tend to support Democrats in general.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement Tuesday that he will sign the law.
Since January, at least 18 states have passed 30 electoral laws that impose restrictions, while dozens more are being studied, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, a think-tank.
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This process has accelerated in Republican states amid unproven accusations of massive electoral fraud launched by Donald Trump in the November 2020 presidential election.
About 50 Democratic members of the Texas parliament left the state in mid-July to prevent the House of Representatives from achieving a quorum to bring the law to a vote.
But the state’s governor called for two special sessions in a row, and the Democrats gradually returned, allowing a quorum to be achieved on August 19.
Thus, the law was discussed and approved on Tuesday.
“Now is not the time to give up,” former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke tweeted on Tuesday. Now is the time to pass a federal law on the right to vote.”