Why Texas Democrats are fleeing the state
Texas Democratic lawmakers are fleeing their state in a desperate bid to stop the Republican-run legislature from passing laws they say will suppress the vote of people of color.
The extreme move is set to be the latest and wildest escalation in a fight over voting rights in the state. Here are the key things to know:
Why are they fleeing?
Texas Republicans are intent on a radical overhaul of voting laws in the state in ways that many Democrats and civil rights experts say will directly affect voters of color in a state that is becoming more Democratic. The laws include outlawing 24-hour polling places, banning ballot drop boxes and empowering partisan poll watchers.
What is the impact?
With the Democrats gone, Republicans are denied a quorum to pass their electoral reform package and Democrats in the state â€“ riding a wave of praise for their walkout last time â€“ have shown they will go to extremes to defend voting rights. But the move also guarantees a serious political face-off whose endgame is uncertain.
Where will they go?
Dozens of lawmakers were expected to fly to Washington DC, where they are expected to continue to advocate for federal voting rights legislation.
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‘We are now taking the fight to our nationâ€™s Capitol,’ Texas Democrats say after fleeing Austin