Democracy under siege in TX: Demand federal solutions now
Right now, Texas is showing us just how far the extreme right will go to rig our democracy to get their way.
GOP lawmakers in Texas gerrymandered their state’s legislature because there were no federal restrictions to stop them. Now, they’re using their rigged majority to pass far-reaching voter suppression laws alongside other extremist legislation.
At every turn, these self-interested politicians are doing everything they can to protect their own power at the expense of their constituents’ rights. It’s an alarming case study -- and unless we respond immediately, it’s sure to be the start of a dangerous nationwide domino effect.
Here’s what those of us who still want a functioning democracy (whether you live in Texas or not) can do -- right now, two bills are in the Senate that together would implement vital protections for voters, as well as end partisan gerrymandering and hold crooked politicians accountable: the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Both of these bills are overwhelmingly popular with voters -- Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is determined to abuse the filibuster, an outdated and undemocratic parliamentary maneuver, to block them.
Texas should be a MAJOR wake-up call to every single senator who cares about our democracy. Sign this petition to urge them to do whatever it takes to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act -- including abolishing the filibuster.
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If we don’t act immediately, what’s happening in Texas will spread nationwide: GOP legislators pushing draconian anti-voter laws -- and shamelessly gerrymandering to secure a rigged majority that they can use to pass harmful and extremist legislation.
Republicans in other states are sure to follow suit if the Senate doesn’t take bold, decisive action. We urge our senators to do whatever it takes to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act -- two bills that would halt anti-democracy attacks in their tracks.