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UPDATE: just before 4:00am this morning, the Texas House voted 81-64 to advance a version of #SB7. Here's a great rundown of where things stand from the @TexasTribune (1/4)…
The final bill appears to be quite different than what we started the night with. It is still NOT available to the public and likely won't be until this afternoon after another procedural vote. It will then head to the Senate, presumably to a conference committee. (2/4) #txlege
This conference committee is worthy of concern. Behind closed doors, lawmakers will be able to pick & choose provisions from both versions of voter omnibus bills: the mystery version the House passed this morning, & the mega voter suppression package the Senate passed last month
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The TX House is beginning debate over voter suppression bill #SB7 — an attack on the state’s most vulnerable voting communities, and companion to #HB6. Watch live now:…

Need a refresher on #SB7 and #HB6? We got you covered👇
Listening to @jessicafortexas force @BriscoeCain to admit that he simply doesn't believe voters of color, voters with disabilities, and young voters when they say that #SB7 would suppress their votes.

We're experiencing secondhand embarrassment for Rep. Cain as he defends SB7.
Now Chairman Cain is telling @RafaelAnchia that he apparently has no knowledge of the history or details of discrimination against Black Texans by the Texas legislature with regards to voting rights. There's been litigation over this throughout the past decade. #SB7
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The supporters of #HB6 and #SB7 challenged people to “read the bills and point to voter suppression.”

Today, 63 civil rights orgs have gladly accepted that challenge & are releasing two joint statements outlining some of the sections that would harm voters the most #txlege
We come from all walks of life in Texas: rural & urban, young and elderly, people of color, voters w/ disabilities, working Texans & those experiencing poverty, and people of faith & those who are secular. We stand united against the voter suppression that these bills represent.
Grassroots organizations, businesses, and others are calling #SB7 and #HB6 voter suppression bills because that’s exactly what they are: bills that would make it harder and scarier to vote. #txlege
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Last week, @DanPatrick challenged Texans to point out how #SB7 would suppress votes, saying: "All these folks out there protesting with their fists in the air that this is voter suppression, they're lying to you. Let them point it out in the bill.”

Well, here it is in the bill:
ONE: Section 3.04 imposes new criminal penalties on election workers who make a disruptive poll watcher leave a polling site (up to $4,000 and a year in jail). That gives partisan poll watchers more freedom to harass and intimidate voters…
How does that suppress votes? Minority voters in Texas have long faced violence and intimidation at the hands of poll watchers, dissuading many from casting a ballot. This goes all the way back to when the KKK would aggressively stake out polling sites… Image
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Okay, both Dade Phelan and Dan Patrick invited us to point to places in #HB6/#SB7 where there is voter suppression.
So here's a thread of me doing that in SB7.
First, the restriction on 24-hour voting:
Second, the vote-by-mail gag rule:
Third, the free reign of poll watchers:
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Today we’re releasing an alarming video of a GOP “Election Integrity Brigade" virtual launch where they detail plans to build an army of poll watchers who will have the “courage” to go into Black and Brown neighborhoods


#txlege #HB6 #SB7
What we see in this video is a concrete, real-world example of why it is a downright dangerous idea to expand poll watcher powers while removing the ability of election workers to kick a disruptive poll watcher out - which is precisely what #HB6 does

The myth of voter fraud is frequently used to target communities of color to delegitimize their vote and silence the voice of a rising electorate that simply wants to claim their rightful place in our democracy. It has to stop
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BREAKING: Fort Worth-based American Airlines has come out against voting legislation passed by the TX Senate this morning.

"To make American’s stance clear: We are strongly opposed to this bill and others like it." #txlege
Full statement here:
Some Democrats have called for both Fort Worth-based American & Dallas-based Southwest to speak against the legislation similar to what Atlanta-based Delta did with Georgia's legislation.
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🚨Happening now: #txlege Senate is debating #SB7, the omnibus anti-voting bill that would make voting much more difficult for millions of Texans. Watch with us:…
Within a minute of speaking--THAT'S FALSE--SB7 does not create a VBM tracker. It requires SOS to develop an online VBM tracker if there is specific appropriation. Otherwise, it's discretionary by the SOS. An effort to say they created a VBM tracker without definitively doing it.
Fact Check: Sen. Hughes saying that people receiving VBM apps from counties automatically would mislead people into thinking they can vote by mail when they can't- but the forms clearly explain who is eligible and that you should only apply to vote by mail if you are eligible.
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🚨🚨Texas corporations have donated more than $1 million to the sponsors of racist voter suppression bills #SB7 and #HB6. Here's a thread on the top donors to the sponsors of these bills and how much they've donated to elect them since 2019 #txlege 1/13
#SB7 & #HB6 harken back to Jim Crow. They will close polling locations in minority neighborhoods, make voting by mail harder, ban drive-thru voting, shorten the hours that polls are open, impose restrictions on people with disabilities AND cost taxpayers $35 million 2/13 #txlege
Since 2019 @ATT has donated $133,250 to elect the sponsors of #SB7 and #HB6. #txlege 3/13
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THREAD 🧵👇🏽: Yesterday, @TXCivilRights attorneys testified against the voter suppression omnibus bill, #SB7. We flagged the inevitable discriminatory impact SB7 would have on already-marginalized Texans. #txlege
What you didn't see during verbal testimony were the three charts attached to our written testimony with demographic breakdowns on who used the two new voting options offered by @HarrisVotes in 2020: extended hours & drive thru voting. We’d like to share this data here.
Limiting voting hours (like 24 hour voting) and flexibility in polling locations (like drive thru voting) as SB7 seeks to do would disproportionately harm communities of color, who tend to have less flexible work schedules, by significant margins. See the graphs below 👇🏽
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"Surrounded by so many talented and passionate advocates for our home"

Really! It was late, so many had left, but I would be remiss if I didn't lift up new heroes of mine. Thread:
I had the great luck of sitting with @JudahFromTexas for most of the day.

Judah is hyper knowledgeable of Austin and Texas politics, and fills me with admiration and hope.

By luck of where I was sitting alone, I got to meet @soph_4president.

Not only welcoming and good, but also inspiring with a testimony that cut to the heart of the issues.

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1/ Late last night the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee advanced a blatant voter suppression bill, SB 7. This bill is bad news. #SB7 #TxLege
2/ Among other things, #SB7 requires voters with disabilities to obtain documentary proof of disability before being allowed to vote by mail. #TxLege
3/ #SB7 allows poll watchers to harass voters by video taping them. #TxLege
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Our own @jcslattery is finally getting to testify on all the voting bills in this hearing! You can watch along with us here:… #txlege #TXDeservesBetter
James pointing out how the grand majority of these bills, including #SB7, #SB1114, and #SB1235, would make voting harder for people of color, people with disabilities, and elderly voters. #TXDeservesBetter
James correctly points out that this hearing, like the House Elections Committee, has seen Black legislators disrespected by white legislators, and that the rules around invited testimony vs public testimony have primarily benefitted white voices over those of Texans of color.
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Curious about #SB7? Check out this thread. #SB7 targets voters w/ disabilities, voters of color & civil servants by enacting discriminatory voting requirements, decreasing the number and hrs of polling locations and intimidating voters with fear of criminal prosecution. (1/6)
#SB7 requires voters with disabilities to “prove” they have a disability w/ medical documentation when they apply to vote by mail. No other vote-by-mail-eligible voters are subject to this requirement. The time & money it takes to obtain documentation is a de facto poll tax (2/6)
#SB7 gives poll watchers new rights to harass and intimidate voters, which will almost certainly be weaponized against voters of color. The bill restricts expanded voting methods, which are also critical for voters of color, working ppl & those with family responsibilities. (3/6)
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Now laying out the omnibus anti-voter bill #SB7, which we'll be testifying against later today. This bill harms Texans in many different ways, including allowing partisan poll watchers to record people trying to cast their ballots. #TXDeservesBetter
Similarly to yesterday's House Elections Committee, there seems to be reticence by white committee members to listen to the concerns of a Black fellow legislator (Sen. West) on SB 7 They're letting him ask questions, but there's already been one attempt to get him to speak less.
Sen. Zaffirini points out that there's nothing in this bill prohibiting partisan poll watchers from uploading the videos they take of voters onto Youtube and similar websites.
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