September 7, 2021/Media, Press

Texas Democrats’ Statement on Signing of Anti-Voter S.B. 1

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement on Gov. Abbott’s signing anti-voter S.B. 1 into law:

“With his signing today of anti-voter bill S.B. 1, failed Gov. Greg Abbott has once again shown his true colors. Texas’ disgraced governor is not a leader — he’s a would-be dictator who will do anything to cling to power, even at the expense of the voices of millions of Texans and the future of our democracy.

“S.B. 1 is a racist, anti-democracy bill that will cement Texas’s ranking as the hardest state in the country to vote in. Abbott has signed into law a bill that will make it harder to vote by mail, embolden partisan poll watchers and pave the way for voter intimidation, put up additional barriers to voting for Texans with disabilities, limit voting options by banning drive-thru voting — overwhelmingly used by working people and voters of color — and slashing the early voting window, and make election workers vulnerable to lawsuits.

“This law is a barefaced attack on Texas voters — one that should never have seen the light of day. Yet Texas Republicans will stop at nothing to keep Texans from the ballot box, and the reason is clear. As a party that has done nothing to address the issues facing Texans, and has instead contributed to untold suffering across the state, Texas Republicans know their days in power are numbered — and they’re trying to hold onto their jobs the only way they can: by stopping us from voting. However, with Greg Abbott’s approval ratings at an all-time low, he should see the writing on the wall — and understand that the signing of this harmful bill will only make us more determined.

“Texas Democrats fought this bill at every turn. Its signing today is another reminder of the dire outlook for voting rights in the United States in the 21st Century. The only remedy is urgent federal action to protect voting rights across our country. I am grateful to the U.S. House for passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act earlier this summer, and to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for making voting rights a priority for the U.S. Senate this fall. I urge our federal lawmakers to meet the moment with the urgency it demands and send federal voting rights legislation to President Biden’s desk. Our democracy is on the line.”