“Democrats in the Texas Legislature bolted Monday for Washington, and said they were ready to remain there for weeks in a second revolt against a GOP overhaul of election laws… Private planes carrying more than 50 Democrats left Austin for Dulles International Airport midafternoon, skipping town just days before the Texas House of Representatives was expected to give early approval to sweeping new voting restrictions in a special legislative session. The numbers meant the House would not have enough lawmakers in attendance to conduct business and could not, at least for now, vote on the bill.” (AP News)
Here are the Texas House and Senate bills being considered. (Texas Legislature) The bills would:
Ban drive-thru voting
Expand required early voting hours, but ban 24-hour voting
Ban distributing unsolicited mail-in ballot applications
Add ID requirements for mail-in ballots instead of signature matching, along with a process to correct issues with mail-in ballots
Enhance protections for partisan poll watchers (Texas Tribune)
The left is generally supportive of the Democrats’ tactics, arguing that aggressive tactics are a necessary response to the GOP’s efforts to restrict voting.
The right is critical of the Democrats’ tactics, arguing that they are undermining democracy and that it is hypocritical to support them while opposing the filibuster.