(Houston) Republican-dominated Texas Congress on Tuesday passed a controversial election law that restricts minority voting rights.
The law, which officially aims to secure elections based on unsubstantiated allegations of massive fraud in the 2020 presidential election, specifically prohibits voting and establishes a number of restrictions on voting times and postal voting.
For those who oppose the speech, these restrictions are aimed primarily at minorities, especially African-Americans, and are generally more favorable to Democrats.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement Tuesday that he would pass the law.
Since January, at least 18 states have enacted 30 prohibited election laws, and dozens more are under consideration, according to the Think Tank Brennan Center for Justice.
In the wake of allegations of massive electoral fraud by Donald Trump in the wake of the November 2020 presidential election, the process has been accelerated in Republican parties.
About fifty Democrats elected from Texas left the state, and its House of Representatives put the vote (quorum) on the law to prevent it from reaching the minimum number of elected officials.
But the governor called two special sessions in a row and the Democrats gradually returned, finally reaching a resolution on 19 August. The law was debated and passed on Tuesday.
“This is not the time to give up. It is time to accept the right to vote in the federal election,” former Democratic presidential candidate Beato O’Rourke responded on Twitter on Tuesday, referring to a speech adopted by the US House of Representatives blocked by Republicans in the Senate.
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