Despite Big Win in Court, Fight to Stop Voter Suppression Continues

Still Needed: Stop Whitley Confirmation; Clean Up Election Legislation

 The Texas AFL-CIO today congratulated Latino voting rights organizations and allies for obtaining a court settlement that requires Texas to back off from a voter verification program that irresponsibly suggested tens of thousands of naturalized citizens had cast ballots unlawfully.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay issued this statement:

“We applaud the courage of our friends in voting rights organizations who sued to stop a coordinated state leadership campaign to suppress voting in Texas. The fight to stop voter suppression, however, is far from over.”

“First, the lawsuit confirmed Secretary of State David Whitley participated in compromising the voting rights of naturalized citizens. It is critically important that Texas Senators send a clear message to state leadership by continuing their strong opposition to Whitley’s confirmation. The Senate must insist on a Secretary of State who, as a first principle, will encourage all eligible Texans to use their voices at the polls.”

“Second, voter suppression legislation continues to make its way through the legislative process. The Texas Senate has already approved SB 9, which seeks to criminalize legitimate efforts to encourage voting on the baseless assumption that large-scale voter fraud is taking place in our state. Other bills would grow the suppression bureaucracy. We ask the House and Senate to halt these efforts to stifle voter participation and instead focus on removing barriers to voting.”

“The right to vote is precious, and partisan attempts to undermine that right should offend all of us. We call on all state leaders and lawmakers to oppose all forms of voter intimidation and join us in protecting and expanding the right to vote.”