THE FIGHT FOR VOTING RIGHTS IN TEXAS

2021

In the aftermath of the January 6, 2021 insurrection and the spread of the Big Lie of voter fraud, the Texas state legislature took up the most aggressive campaign for voter suppression in the country. For months, the legislature sought to pass a bill that would restrict voting options frequently used by people of color, make it more difficult for voters with disabilities to get assistance with voting, empower partisan poll watchers, and make it easier to prosecute elections officials for doing their jobs. The ACLU of Texas mobilized supporters to the capitol for rallies and lobby days, briefed elected officials, and testified multiple times against the discriminatory provisions of the voter suppression legislation. State leaders initially tried to force the bill through in six days; it  took six months, drawing national attention and eventually lowering criminal penalties in the bill.

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Cover image by Sarah Labowitz