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Voting & Elections 10.2.2020

Voting rights advocates sue to block Texas governor’s order limiting counties to one ballot drop-off location

Anthony Gutierrez, executive director of Common Cause Texas, said in a statement that in Harris County, “reducing 11 drop off locations to only 1 severely limits voting access and forces people to choose between voting and their health.” The county, which includes Houston, comprises 1,777 square miles. He called Abbott’s order “blatant voter suppression and yet another way the politicians in charge are putting barriers between Texans and the ballot box.” “With last-minute changes and pending litigation, it is increasingly clear that confusion in Texas elections is part of a pattern of voter suppression,” he said.

Voting & Elections 08.24.2020

How the historic March on Washington helped impact voting rights

Nonpartisan Common Cause Texas cites things like polling place closures, voter role purges, ID requirements and antiquated machinery. There's also the more timely topic of vote-by-mail which Texas has yet to significantly expand. "It really doesn’t make any sense during normal times," Gutierrez said. "But, in particular during this pandemic, people should not have to go to a polling site in person.” He and others hope everyone can vote free from confusion, suppression or intimidation this November.

Voting & Elections 08.21.2020

What Impact Will the Latino Vote Have in Texas This Year?

“We’ve seen clear data showing that communities of color, including the Latinx community, are being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic,” said Anthony Gutierrez, executive director of Common Cause Texas, an organization promoting better democracy in Texas. “At the same time, we know that the systemic barriers that make voting harder than it needs to be also disproportionately impact Latinos and Latinas.”

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