These facts explain the divisions between Democrats and Republicans in the United States. Dozens of Democrats elected from Texas hurriedly left their state on Monday, July 12, to avoid passing an election law that was highly controversial and coveted by the Republican majority.
They boarded a plane and some went to Washington, where Texas police have no authority to act. This is because Texas law actually authorizes the arrest of elected officials of the state who are not present at the voting sessions. If the police are needed, they can be brought back within the boundaries of Parliament.
“Avoid reaching a quorum”
“My fellow Democrats and I are leaving the state to prevent the Texas Prohibition Bill from reaching a climax,” General Assembly Democrat James Talariko explained in a tweet. Representatives of Texas. The elected official said he was flying to Washington and then tweeted a photo showing him at the base of an airplane, with another Democratic woman from Texas by his side.
The method is a bit harsh. But after the presidential election, bills restricting access to the vote at the initiative of Republicans abounded in the states. Which provokes harsh criticism from Democrats.
“It’s time to go back to work.”
During her visit to Michigan, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris expressed a wish to congratulate all elected officials on “defending the right of all Americans and all Texans to express their voice through unrestricted voting.”
Former Democratic presidential candidate Betto O’Rourke also praised their move, saying on Twitter that these elected officials represent “the courage the country currently needs.”
Meanwhile, Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott lamented their departure. “The decision of the Texas Democrats to stop meeting the quorum … is causing hardship to the Texans who have chosen to serve them. When they cross the country on comfortable private planes, they leave unresolved issues behind,” he said in a statement. “It’s time to go back to work,” Greg Abbott argued on Twitter.
“Attack on Democracy”
Elected Democrats in Texas adopted this restrictive law on ballot boxing in late May, later qualifying for US President Joe Biden’s attack on democracy.
They largely missed the ballot arranged for this bill in the Texan Parliament, failing to reach the required quorum. The law, which has already been approved by Republicans in Georgia and Florida, is officially intended to make elections safer by restricting “drive-in” voting or imposing a number of restrictions on voting hours and postal voting.
But these restrictions often target rules that make it easier for pro-Democratic minorities, especially African Americans, to vote.