Voter Suppression Tactics Continue During Special Session
Texas is already the hardest state in the country to vote. And during the regular legislative session that closed at the end of May 2021, Texas led the country in the number of restrictive voting bills introduced with 49 bills. The two most egregious bills, Senate Bill 7 and House Bill 6, did not become law thanks to the efforts of voting rights advocates and some courageous lawmakers who walked out before the vote denying a full quorum.
That hasn't stopped our elected officials from continuing to try to make it harder — and scarier — to participate in elections, especially for communities of color and people with disabilities. Now Gov. Greg Abbott has re-introduced voting as a priority issue during the current special session. It is still essential and urgent for Texans to push back and defend the right to vote.
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 bills move through the special session. Please bookmark and check this page regularly for updates and the latest media coverage.
The Latest Updates on Voter Suppression Legislation in Texas
- 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.
- July 8: Read our analysis of House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 1.
- July 7: View our statement on Gov. Greg Abbott's special session agenda, which includes voter suppression legislation.
ACLU of Texas in the News Highlights on Voting Rights
- KVEO: RGV voting rights advocates show support of Texas House walkout
- 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
- NPR: Texas Man Who Waited 6 Hours To Vote Arrested For Voting Illegally
- BNC News: Interview on Making the Case
- The New York Times: The Voter Fraud Fraud
- AP: What’s in the Texas GOP’s voting bills?
- The Washington Post: Texas Republicans renew efforts to pass voting restrictions in special session
- The New York Times: Texas Republicans reveal bills of far-reaching voting restrictions