Editorial: Democrats can’t walk out forever. We need For The People Act to protect Texans’ voting access

Editorial: Democrats can't walk out forever. We need For The People Act to protect Texans' voting access

Ironic, isn’t it, that the elected officials who consider the Second Amendment to the Constitution inviolate, who hold fiercely to the notion that the right to own a gun is sacrosanct, are invariably the same people who ignore the spirit of those constitutional amendments that represent an expansion of political freedom. We have in mind, of course, those amendments that recognize our right to vote. They represent almost a third of the amendments to the Constitution after the Bill of Rights was ratified. They are foundational to our democracy. Who does state Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, think he is, that he can tinker with a citizen’s basic right, that he can decide on a whim that Texans (read: Black Texans) can vote on Sundays but only after 1 p.m? Who does he think he is, that he can decide Harris County cannot allow residents to cast their ballot in the middle of the night, for example, after working the late shift? Officially, Hughes and state Rep. Briscoe Cain, R-Deer Park, are the sponsors of a now-notorious raft of legislative provisions designed specifically to make it harder, not easier, for their fellow Texans to vote. They and fellow Republicans in the Legislature, along with Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, are heirs to a contemptible tradition of voter suppression in this country, and especially in this state. It may take a milder form today than the poll taxes and impossible-to-pass literacy tests of the past but the basic […]

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