(Washington) More than 50 Democratic lawmakers from Texas are under arrest warrants signed Wednesday by the Republican leader of the lower house of this great American state, who allegedly fled to prevent them from receiving legislation that would restrict access. Voting box.
The 52 arrest warrants, signed by Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan, will be handed over to the lower house security officer Wednesday morning, the lower house security official said. Dallas Morning News.
The Republican majority voted early in the evening to authorize the arrests. The resolution forcing Democratic parliamentarians to return was passed by 12 to 80 votes.
Dozens of Democrats traveled from Texas to Washington in July to avoid a special session to pass the controversial election law.
However, Texas law authorizes the arrest of parliamentarians who are absent from voting sessions and, if necessary, forced them back into the hemicycle.
This extraordinary meeting had to be called because the same elected Democrats left Hemicycle during the voting on this election law in May, which US President Joe Biden condemned as an “attack on democracy.”
They did not reach the number of (representative) elected representatives required to vote by absenteeism.
At least 20 Democratic parliamentarians are still in Washington, according to the Morning News.
“It is our right to break the quorum as parliamentarians to protect our members,” House Democrat leader Chris Turner said in a tweet from his parliamentary group, promising to “fight as much as possible” against Republicans’ attacks on our rights. Vote “.
The Republican bill aims to make elections safer by officially banning drive-in voting or by introducing a number of restrictions on voting times and postal voting.
But these restrictions often target regulations that make it easier to vote for minorities, especially African Americans who are more Democrat-friendly.
Since the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, bills restricting voter access in the states have multiplied at the initiative of Republicans.