Democracy in Danger: The Assault on Voting Rights in Texas

Meeting Notes: 
The hearing will convene in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building and over Zoom, which has been approved by the House.
Date: 
Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 10:00am
Location: 
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

Chairman Jamie B. Raskin's Opening Statement [PDF]

Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney's Opening Statement [PDF]

 

Washington D.C. (July 26, 2021)—On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. E.T., Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will hold a hearing on the restrictive voting bills currently under consideration in the Texas legislature, as well as how these proposals are related to nationwide voter suppression efforts fueled by baseless claims of widespread electoral fraud. 

 

Despite no evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 election, Republicans are seeking to implement legislation that would dramatically restrict ballot access.  This legislation targets the voting rights of Black and Latino citizens through mechanisms including restrictions on voter assistance, which could effectively disenfranchise many Latino voters who require language assistance to cast their ballot.  It also hardens voter ID requirements, curtails mail-in and early voting, and increases the possibility of voter intimidation.

 

On July 8, Texas Governor Greg Abbott convened a special session of the legislature, which held hearings on updated versions of the voting legislation.  In response, over 50 Democratic lawmakers decided to deny the legislature a quorum and traveled to Washington, D.C., to push for passage of the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.  Three lawmakers leading this campaign will testify before the Subcommittee about the impact these restrictions would have on their communities and the urgent need for Congress to pass voting rights legislation.

 

WITNESSES

The Honorable Senfronia Thompson

Texas State Representative

Member, Select Committee on Constitutional Rights and Remedies

 

The Honorable Nicole Collier

Texas State Representative

Chair, Texas Legislative Black Caucus 

 

The Honorable Diego Bernal

Texas State Representative

 

Nina Perales

Vice President of Litigation

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

 

The Honorable Travis Clardy (minority witness)

Texas State Representative

 

Additional Witnesses to be Announced

DOCUMENTS

Issues: 
117th Congress