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All Eyes on Texas’ Fight for Voting Rights as Senator Alvarado Enters Sixth Hour of Filibuster 

AUSTIN, Texas —  At 5:50 p.m. this evening, Sen. Carol Alvarado began her filibuster on the state Senate floor, continuing this summer’s trend of Texas Democrats leading the way in the national fight for voting rights. “I rise today to speak against Senate Bill 1,” Alvarado said. “As a Texas Democrat, I renew this vow to stand up and preserve our democracy as long as I can stand here tonight.”

Senator Alvarado’s filibuster is entering its sixth hour. While filibustering in the Texas Senate, a Senator is not allowed to eat or drink, sit or lean against a desk, and must speak continuously on the legislation. Alvarado has welcomed questions from her senatorial colleagues Sen. John Whitmire, Sen. Roland Gutierrez, Sen. Cesar Blanco, and Sen. Sarah Eckhardt, with the condition, “As long as it does not remove me from the floor.”

Additional quotes from Sen. Carol Alvarado this evening: 

“Senate Bill 1 slowly, but surely, chips away at our democracy. It adds, rather than removes, barriers for Texas seniors, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Asian and Latino voters from the political process. LBJ said the Voting Rights Act stripped away the last major shackle of the fierce ancient bond of slavery. Senate Bill 1 is a regressive step back in the direction of that dark and painful history. ”

“Time and time again, we’ve heard that Senate Bill 1 makes it easier to vote and harder to cheat… We have been lectured about election security. We have been patronized with the tired obligation to ‘read the bill, read the bill’. And trust me, I will do that tonight. Maybe a few times.”

“We’ve been here four hours, I guess. I don’t know how long we’ll be here, but we’re going to make the most of this time and point out the discrepancies that we’ve seen, line by line, word by word.”

 

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: 

“We applaud Senator Alvarado as she enters the sixth hour of her filibuster this evening. Her commitment to a continued fight against anti-voter legislation is an inspiration to Texans across the state. We’re beyond proud of our Senate Democrats for using every possible tool to stall this legislation for as long as possible. 

“Once again, our legislators are leading with integrity and bravery to show the world what it means to be a Texas Democrat — and for another evening, all eyes are on Texas due to their hard work. We continue to call on all federal legislators to meet this moment with the urgency it demands. Our vote is our voice. We will not waver in protecting it.”

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