Texas Democrats staged a dramatic walkout Sunday night in order to temporarily block the passage of a sweeping election overhaul package. The stunt caused Republicans to miss their Monday deadline.
🚨BREAKING: After Democrats walk out, Texas House loses quorum to enact sweeping voter suppression law before midnight deadline. #SB7 is dead for now.
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) May 31, 2021
Texas Democrats said in a statement “ahead of a midnight deadline to pass legislation, dozens of Democratic Members were prepared to give speeches against this measure, which is designed to disenfranchise and discriminate against Texans. We were determined to run out the clock.”
“It became obvious Republicans were going to cut off debate to ram through their vote suppression legislation,” they continued. ” At that point, we had no choice but to take extraordinary measures to protect our constituents and their right to vote..
However, Democrats stalling tactic victory is likely to be short lived as Texas Governor Abbott has already vowed action and said he will include the Election Integrity and Bail Reform bill in a special session agenda.
“I declared Election Integrity and Bail Reform to be must-pass emergency items for this legislative session,” Abbott wrote “Ensuring the integrity of our elections and reforming a broken bail system remain emergencies in Texas. They will be added to the special session agenda.”
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 31, 2021