The proposed legislation – which passed by Texas’ House earlier this month – would curtail voting on Sunday, when lots of black worshipers are voting, bar drive-through voting, and 24-hour voting venues and, among other things, give more access to observers of partisan polls. The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to pass the bill, and Republican Governor Greg Abbott has announced that he will sign it.
The moves are made to Harris County, the home of Houston and a group of Democratic voters. Drive-through polls and 24-hour polling stations added in 2020 for a record-breaking election in a state that has become more democratic in recent years.
Biden has harshly criticized Republican “electoral integrity” legislation, particularly the new Georgia election legislation he referred to as “Jim Crow” in the 21st century. In his statement on Saturday, Biden called on Congress to take action on the For the People Act, which the House passed to reform ballot access and campaign funding. For this, the states would have to vote two weeks ahead of time, among other things. Legislation faces great opportunities in the Senate, given the strong GOP opposition.
Biden also called on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would reinstate the Supreme Court’s abolished protections under the Voting Rights Act.
“In the 21st century, we should make it easier and not harder for every eligible voter to vote,” Biden said in his statement on Saturday. “I continue to urge all Americans of every party and belief to stand up for our democracy and protect the right to vote and the integrity of our elections.”
Abbott has touted the bill, saying it will “make it easier to vote and harder to cheat”.
Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) slammed Biden’s statement on Saturday.
“Like his comment on ‘Neanderthals’ thinking’ on masking protocols, President Biden is wrong, openly partisan and increasingly unrealistic,” Cornyn tweeted.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) previously praised the legislation, saying it would make elections “more accessible and safer”.
Marc Elias, a prominent Democratic election attorney, said in a tweet on Saturday that “Texas will be sued” if the bill becomes law.
Before the Texas legislature passed the House, it was targeted by a group of dozen of companies and organizations, including Microsoft and American Airlines based in Texas.
“We stand together as a bipartisan coalition calling on all elected leaders in Texas to support reforms that make democracy more accessible and against changes that would limit the electorate’s access to the ballot,” the companies wrote in an open letter.
Georgia also suffered a severe setback over its new law MLB pulls its all-star game from Atlanta and major Atlanta-based corporations including Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola who criticize the legislation.