Texas is already the hardest state in the country to vote. And during the regular legislative session — and the two special sessions that quickly followed — our elected officials tried to make it harder and scarier to participate in elections, especially for communities of color and people with disabilities.
Gov. Greg Abbott re-introduced voting for the third time as a priority issue during the special session which ended Sept. 2, 2021. During this session, the legislature managed to pass Senate Bill 1, despite advocates' hard fought efforts to stop it.
This page is designed to provide our supporters, donors, the business community, and the general public about the ACLU of Texas’ work to fight voter suppression. Please check this page regularly for updates and the latest media coverage.
The Latest Updates on Voter Suppression in Texas
- Nov. 16: View the press release on our lawsuit challenging Texas' new and unconstitutional electoral maps.
- Oct. 14: Explore ACLU National's interactive web tool on the redistricting process and what's at stake.
- Sept. 3: View the press release on our lawsuit challenging Senate Bill 1.
- Aug. 12: Read our comment and fact sheet on Senate Bill 1.
- July 10: View our joint press release with the Bail Project on Hervis Rogers' release from jail on $100,000 bail.
- July 9: View our statement on the arrest of Hervis Rogers, whose persecution for alleged voter fraud should alarm Texans.
ACLU of Texas in the News Highlights on Voting Rights
- KXAN: Gov. Abbott sued over redistricting; lawsuit says new maps dilute voting power of minorities
- USA Today: Texas voting law cracks down: I was convicted of voter fraud but my vote didn't even count
- CNN: ‘Cannot wait for Washington:’ How voting rights activists are navigating new restrictions ahead of November elections
- The Dallas Morning News: Gov. Abbott will pick the Texas secretary of state, who gets vast new powers from GOP elections bill
- Houston Public Media: Civil Rights Groups Sue State Of Texas Over Restrictive Voting Rights Bill
- Wall Street Journal: Texas Voting Law: What You Need to Know
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Republican-backed Texas election bill heads to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk
- Dallas Observer: AT&T Donated $100k to Abbott on Same Day He Vowed to Pass Voting Restrictions
- CNN: 'Angry and affected': Young voters in Texas protest restrictive new voting laws
- BET: Texas Man Who Waited More Than Six Hours To Vote Faces Illegal Voting Charges
- The New York Times: The Voter Fraud Fraud