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State of Texas
Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds
News Release
Friday, July 28, 2017

Reynolds Proudly Files HCR 23 Urging Congress to Restore the Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 to ban racial discrimination in voting practices by the federal government, as well as by state and local governments. Since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in 2013, states and cities have enacted a tidal wave of voter discrimination laws intended to restrict the right to vote for people of color, people with disabilities, students and others.

Recent court victories turning back a few of these laws have proven that these efforts are widespread, require massive investments of time and money to litigate, and intentionally discriminate against voters of color. It took years of litigation to strike down intentionally discriminatory laws, meaning countless voters were denied the right to cast ballots in the 2014 mid-term election and in this year's presidential primary - and there's no way to get those votes back. In Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit found the state's voter ID law violates what remains of the VRA because it discriminates against Black and Latino voters. This was the fourth federal court to reach that conclusion.

"I have proudly filed HCR 23, urging Congress to immediately restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act. The Right to Vote is under siege, commented Reynolds. These discriminatory laws have increased barriers to voting; barriers that disproportionately impact people of color, students, low-income people, and language minorities. I ask my colleagues in the House to join me in supporting HCR 23, and urge Congress to restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act, the most successful and important piece of civil rights legislation we have seen in the 20th century. As the past President of the Missouri City NAACP, I have been fighting for voting rights for many years and I will continue to fight to preserve our right to vote."

I will continue to stand with my colleagues, as we fight for Real Solutions for All Texans, the issues that actually matter to the citizens. Our proposed policies are emphasizing Democracy, not discrimination. We need policies that expand voting access and ensure fair elections. Our state leadership needs to quit going down the dangerous path of division and discrimination that weakens our bonds as Texans.

Ron Reynolds represents Texas House District 27, which encompasses communities of Fort Bend County. Reynolds is a member of the House Committee on Elections and Environmental Regulation.

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