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Voting & Elections 07.30.2021

Common Cause Texas Statement on Growing Momentum for National Voting Rights Legislation

Without a level playing field, we cannot “out-organize” the insurrectionists, Big Lie lobbyists, and Jim Crow revivalists who want to silence, instead of engage, our nation’s rising electorate. We are encouraged by the news from Senator Klobuchar that the U.S. Senate is making progress on critical voting rights legislation. That agreement cannot come soon enough. 

CMD and Common Cause Texas File Complaint Against ALEC and ALEC Legislators for Illegal Campaign Scheme

Complaint to Texas Ethics Commission alleges that ALEC illegally gave sophisticated voter management campaign software linked to the RNC worth $3,000 to its state chairs, Sen. Kelly Hancock and Rep. Tan Parker, ALEC board member Rep. Phil King, and other ALEC members. Similar complaints are being filed with the IRS and in 14 other states.

Voting & Elections 07.21.2021

Texas House Members Propose Bill that Could Cost Taxpayers Millions, May Lead to Damaged Voting Machines

The decision to politicize our elections by conducting a partisan ballot review will only continue to foster distrust in our democracy and leave Texan taxpayers to foot the bill. This is nothing but a craven, partisan scheme meant to distract and divide us.

Voting & Elections 07.8.2021

Texas special legislative session: Subverting democracy to advance voter suppression

A special session of the Texas legislature began today and right away Republicans in leadership are showing a blatant disregard for the democratic process.  Omnibus voter suppression bills have been filed in both chambers. HB 3 and SB 1 are both highly complex 40+ page bills that were only posted within the last 24 hours.   Committee hearings in both chambers have been set for Saturday, at 8am in the House and at 11am in the Senate. If the bills are heard in order of posting in the House, it is highly likely both election bills will be being heard at exactly the same time, making it difficult to impossible for Texans to testify on both. 

Voting & Elections 04.12.2021

Common Cause Texas launches letter campaign to make sure Speaker Phelan sees viral poll watcher video

Last week, Common Cause Texas released this deeply alarming video in which we hear the presenter call for volunteer poll watchers who will have the "courage" to go from the predominantly Anglo Harris County suburbs to the Black and Brown communities in the urban core.  The video has now been viewed over 100k times on Twitter, and has been the focus of national news stories on NBC, CNN, the Washington Post and many others.  With SB 7 voted out of the state senate, and HB 6 voted out the house elections committee, both are a path to soon be eligible to be brought up for debate on the floor of the state house.  Today, Common Cause Texas launched a pressure campaign aiming to make sure Speaker Phelan sees this video and rejects the dangerous expansion of poll watcher powers by keeping the proposed bills from being brought to the floor.

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