Texas is already the hardest state in the country to vote. But that hasn't stopped our state's elected officials from trying to make it even harder — and scarier — to participate in elections, especially for communities of color. Texas now leads the country in the number of restrictive voting bills introduced at the state legislature with 49 bills. That's not a No. 1 spot we should be proud of.
While the House and Senate rush to pass restrictive voting bills out of each chamber, mainly Senate Bill 7 and House Bill 6, it's both essential and urgent for Texans to stand up and defend the right to vote in our state.
This page is designed to provide our supporters, donors, the business community and the general public about the ACLU of Texas’ work to block these voter suppression bills, and to provide dynamic updates as the bills move through the Texas Legislature. Please bookmark and check this page regularly for updates and the latest media coverage.
The Latest Updates on Voter Suppression Legislation in Texas
- May 29: See our analysis on what was included in the final draft of SB 7.
- May 13: Read our latest analysis on the key provisions and differences between the various versions of Senate Bill 7.
- May 8: More than 50 restrictive anti-voter bills are snaking their way through the Texas Legislature. Together we can amplify our voices against this egregious legislation. Join us Saturday, May 8, as we rally for our voting rights.
- May 7: Under cover of darkness, members of the Texas House voted to pass Senate Bill 7 with little input from the public. Read our statement on how the bill would limit voting access and criminalize voting processes, making it harder for marginalized Texans to participate in elections.
- April 28: Read our blog on the big impact big business is having on the fight for voting rights.
- April 26: Some Texas lawmakers just aren’t telling the truth about harmful voter suppression bills HB 6 and SB 7. Read about the three big lies that anti-voting rights lawmakers keep claiming about these bills.
- April 21: The ACLU of Texas has joined more than 60 organizations to call out blatant voter suppression tactics at the Texas Legislature. Read our position statements on HB 6 and SB 7, two democracy-threatening efforts that would prevent disabled Texans, people of color, and others from voting.
- April 12: Some Texas lawmakers continue to cite false information to justify voter suppression bills. Read our brief on why their data is wrong.
- April 8: Read our brief on how House Bill 6 amends the election code in ways that are clearly voter suppression.
- April 7: There are over a dozen bills being heard in the House Elections Committee on April 8. Read our blog to learn how they all chip away at Texans' right to vote.
- April 5: Read more about how SB 7 and HB 6 disenfranchise voters.
- March 24: Read our analysis of racial disparities in prosecutions by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Election Integrity Unit.
ACLU of Texas in the News on Voting Rights (Week of May 31)
- The New Yorker: The Republicans’ Wild Assault on Voting Rights in Texas and Arizona
- Houston Press: Right-Wing Voting Limits Killed By Texas House Democrats
- Slate: Texas Democrats Walk Out, Block GOP’s Sweeping Voting Restrictions Bill for Now
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Texas Democrats exit House floor, blocking passage of voting bill before deadline
- Al Jazeera: Texas moves closer to passing restrictive voting legislation
- UPI: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott threatens legislators' pay after Democrat walkout
- CNN: Texas Democrats leave House floor, effectively blocking passage of restrictive voting bill for now
- Univision News: Walkout by House Democrats Kills GOP-backed Restrictive Voting Bill
- The Washington Post: Texas Democrats block restrictive voting bill by walking off the floor to deny GOP-majority House a quorum
- NPR: Here Are The Texas GOP's Reasons For Voting Restrictions — And Why Critics Disagree