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Voting & Elections 08.19.2021

Texas State House Reaches Quorum for Second Special Session

Each day Governor Abbott and Republican state legislators continue their war on our right to vote, more of our fellow Texans’ lives are at risk because of our leaders' misplaced priorities. More than 75 hospitals have run out of ICU beds and more than 20,000 Texans are suffering from COVID-19.

Voting & Elections 08.11.2021

Texas State Senator Carol Alvarado Announces Intent to Filibuster Voter Suppression Bill

Voting rights for all is something worth fighting like hell for and we thank state leaders like Senator Carol Alvarado for speaking up for every Texan. And while Senator Alvarado is not afraid to take a stand for voting rights, Republicans in the U.S. Senate, including Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, refuse to even allow debate on The For The People Act. The For The People Act is a transformative piece of legislation that will protect the very voting rights Governor Abbott works to take away from us.

Voting & Elections 08.5.2021

Fifty-Sixth Anniversary of President Johnson Signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 Into Law

On this day 56 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson, a proud Texan, signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law. The legislation was a victory made possible by the hundreds of thousands of grassroots voting rights advocates who never gave up their good fight, leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Diane Nash, and the late Congressman John Lewis.

Voting & Elections 08.5.2021

Governor Greg Abbott Calls Unprecedented Second Special Session in Three Months to Restrict The Right to Vote

Moments ago, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced he is calling the second special session since June of the Texas state legislature, set to begin Saturday, August 7. Governor Abbot’s decision to call a second special session in two months is an extreme, partisan power grab at a time when he should be squarely focused on Texas’ multiple crises.

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.

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