‘Assault on democracy’: Biden torches Texas voting bill
The law project – who passed the Texas home earlier this month – would limit Sunday voting, when many black worshipers vote, drive-thru voting and 24-hour voting locations and providing better access to partisan observers, among others. The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to pass the legislation, and Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has said he will sign it.
The moves come after Harris County, home to Houston and a gang of Democratic voters, addition of drive-thru polling stations and 24-hour polling stations in 2020 for an election with a record turnout in a state that has had a more democratic trend in recent years.
Biden sharply criticized Republicans’ “electoral integrity” legislation, particularly the new electoral law in Georgia, which he called “Jim Crow” of the 21st century. In his statement on Saturday, Biden called on Congress to take action on the “People’s Law,” which was passed in the House and would reform voting access and campaign financing. States should also have two weeks of early voting, among other things. The legislation faces a long chance in the Senate amid fierce opposition from the GOP.
Biden also called on Congress to pass the John Lewis Advancement of Voting Rights Act, which would restore protections in the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court removed.
“In the 21st century, we should make it easier, not more difficult, for every eligible voter to vote,” Biden said in his statement on Saturday. “I continue to call on all Americans, of all parties and beliefs, to stand up for our democracy and protect the right to vote and the integrity of our elections.”
Abbott touted the bill, saying it will make “the vote easier and harder to cheat.”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) criticized Biden’s statement on Saturday.
“Like his ‘Neanderthal thought’ comment on masking protocols, President Biden is wrong, openly partisan and increasingly out of touch,” Cornyn tweeted.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has previously praised the legislation, saying it will make elections “more accessible and secure”.
Marc Elias, a prominent Democratic election lawyer, said in a tweet Saturday that “Texas will be prosecuted” if the bill becomes law.
Before the Texas law was passed in the House, it was criticized by a group of dozens of companies and organizations, including Microsoft and Texas-based American Airlines.
“We stand together, as a non-partisan coalition, calling on all elected leaders in Texas to support reforms that make democracy more accessible and to oppose any changes that would restrict the access of eligible voters to the ballot,” wrote companies in an open letter.
Georgia has also received an intense flashback on its new law, with MLB shoots its All-Star Game Atlanta and major Atlanta-based companies, including Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola, criticizing the legislation.