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Texas Democrats are fighting for a new Voting Rights Act

Texas Democrats are fighting for a new Voting Rights Act

When Senfronia Thompson was a child, her grandparents had to save pennies to pay a poll tax in order to vote. Jim Crow restrictions like literacy tests and poll taxes were banned by the Voting Rights Act of 1965, in order to keep Black Americans from voting. This year alone, after Donald Trump claimed he lost the 2020 election due to voter fraud, Republicans in 18 states have passed at least 30 new laws.

There is a law in Florida that would reduce early voting and drop box locations, as well as a law in Georgia that would allow the legislature to take over local election boards. Texas Governor Greg Abbott called for a special legislative session to pass a number of Republican priorities. A group of Democrats left the state to stall the vote after pulling the only card they had left.

Senfronia Thompson, who is the longest-serving Black lawmaker in state history, speaks with Trymaine Lee about why she risks arrest to keep up the fight for voters back home in Texas and to push for better voter protections nationwide. Is there any feedback? Is there a story idea?

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