Just 30 minutes into the SB 9 hearing, Texas Republicans cut off registration for Texans to have their voice heard
AUSTIN, TX — This morning, the Texas House Committee on Elections convened to begin hearings on Senate Bill 9, an anti-voter bill that threatens a state jail felony for common mistakes on voter registration forms.
Texas residents, voting rights activists, and Democratic members of the committee were shocked to learn that Elections Committee Chair Rep. Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) made the unilateral decision to cut off registration on SB 9 at 8:30 AM, just 30 minutes after the hearing began at 8:00 AM.
Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Manny Garcia issued the following statement:
“Hundreds of people made their way from across Texas to protect their right to vote, only to find out Republican Chair Stephanie Klick and the Republican members of the elections committee are refusing to hear their voices.
“It is clear Republicans intend to silence the voices of Texans at the Senate Bill 9 hearing today and the rights of citizens to participate in their government. It’s wrong for politicians, like Chair Klick, to try to influence our elections by discouraging Texans who don’t agree with them.
“Texas Democrats demand Chair Klick reopen registration to testify so that every voice has a chance to be heard. We will never stop fighting for every Texan’s right to vote.”