Voter suppression. Voter purges. It happened in Georgia. It happened in North Dakota. And now, it's happening in Texas!
“We have seen this move before. Other states have used similar claims as a voter suppression tactic that turned out to be false once data is evaluated in greater detail,” said Chris Carson, national president of the League of Women Voters. “Once the claims have been made publicly, the damage is done. Voters start to lose trust in the election process when our own government officials seek to limit participation.”
The League of Women Voters of Texas envisions a democracy where every citizen has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate. We will not let voters be intimidated. We will fight against voter suppression in all its forms.
On Monday, the League of Women Voters of Texas joined a lawsuit against the Texas Secretary of State’s office after false claims of widespread voter fraud were reported last month. Texas Secretary of State David Whitley made unfounded accusations that tens of thousands of noncitizens were voting in recent Texas elections. The data Whitley referenced was flawed and went back as far as two decades. It created unnecessary suspicion about some of our newest American citizens. This action is discriminatory and unjustly targets people of color. Moves like this only serve to depress voter turnout and participation unnecessarily.
The League takes voter security very seriously. Our Voting Rights and Election Laws positions include advocating for the use of proven technology to modernize and secure voter registration and require the State and all Texas counties to provide the most secure and accurate voting system possible. We are gearing up to take a stand in the Texas Legislature and the courts to ensure no voters are left behind. Stand with the League to stop voter suppression tactics that threaten our democracy and the right to vote.
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Thank you for your commitment to secure, free, fair, and accessible elections in Texas!
Grace Chimene, President, League of Women Voters of Texas
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