Dozens of Democrats elected in Texas on Monday left their southern state of the United States to prevent the adoption of a controversial electoral law favored by a Republican majority in the Texas parliament.
Texas law authorizes the arrest of elected state officials who are absent during voting sessions and, if necessary, compulsorily bringing them within the bounds of Parliament. That’s why these elected officers decided to fly to a place where the Texas Police have no authority to act.
“My fellow Democrats and I are leaving the state to prevent a quorum being reached and to torpedo the bill restricting voting in Texas,” House of Commons Democrat James Talariko said in a tweet. Representatives of Texas.
The elected official said he was flying to Washington and then tweeted a photo showing him at the base of a plane, with another Democratic woman from Texas by his side.
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris congratulated these elected officials during their visit to Michigan and wished them to “give a free voice by voting to protect the rights of all Americans and all Texans.”
Former Democratic presidential candidate Betto O’Rourke also praised their move, saying on Twitter that these elected officials represent “the courage the country currently needs.”
Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott lamented their departure.
“The decision of the Texas Democrats to prevent Koram from meeting … damages the Texans who chose to serve them.” When they cross the country on comfortable private planes, they leave unresolved issues, ”he said in a statement.
“It’s time to go back to work,” Greg Abbott argued on Twitter.
Texas’ elected Democrats adopted this restrictive law in the run-up to the election in late May, later qualifying it as “an attack on democracy” by US President Joe Biden.
They largely missed the ballot arranged for this bill in the Texan Parliament, failing to reach the required quorum.
The law, already favored by Republicans in Georgia and Florida, officially aims to make elections safer by banning “drive-in” voting or imposing multiple restrictions on voting hours and postal voting.
But these restrictions often target rules that make it easier for minorities to vote, especially African Americans who are generally pro-democracy.
After the presidential election, bills restricting access to the vote at the initiative of Republicans abounded in the states.
President Joe Biden will speak from Philadelphia on the East Coast on Tuesday about his “sacred, constitutional measures to protect the right to vote.”