Texas Democrats and civil rights groups form coalition to fight voting restrictions

The Texas Democratic Party and nearly three dozen civil rights groups form a coalition group to fight voting restrictions that has already raised $ 2.5 million to help ease the February storm – the priority issue which they say Republicans should instead focus on.

“The Texas for All coalition will hold state leaders accountable and ensure that we organize and combine tactics to eliminate them,” Val Benavidez, executive director of the Texas Freedom Network, said in a statement. “This is the start of a historic partnership – one that will lead to a state where leadership is the priorities of Texans.”

In the legislative session that ended in late May, Texas House Democrats struck down the Republican Priority Election Bill, Senate Bill 7, which would have restricted early voting and voting by correspondence, among other provisions.

Abbott said the issue was a priority for the special session scheduled to begin on July 8. In response to the Democratic walkout, he also vetoed funding for the legislature, its staff and advisory groups. The Texas Democratic Party and more than 50 House members filed a lawsuit in the Texas Supreme Court on Friday.

Some of the groups involved in the coalition include Planned Parenthood Texas, ACLU Texas, MOVE Texas, Texas Organizing Project, and The Texas Civil Rights Project.

“We will fight against divisive and discriminatory voter suppression legislation this session and we will continue our fight until we choose leaders who reflect the best of all Texans, leaders we can be proud to call allies and friends, ”the group wrote.

A spokesperson for the coalition said the money from the “Power Up” fund will be distributed to those in need using Visa gift cards in the range of $ 500 to $ 1,000.

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