Wednesday Webinar on New Texas Election Laws
If you’re over 65 or have a disability that makes a trip to the polls difficult or impossible, the League of Women Voters is offering a webinar on Wednesday outlining what you’re entitled to and what you don’t. right under Texas’ new, tougher voting laws.
In collaboration with The Arc of Texas, Disability Rights Texas, and REV UP, the League will present a one-hour webinar on the changes adopted in the last session of the Texas Legislature. These include changes to who is allowed to vote by post, curbside voting and how assistance to voters who feel they need help will be handled.
In a press release Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas, said:
âWe want to prepare voters well in advance of the March 2022 primary elections so that they are not confused or scared by these changes to the electoral law. This webinar will be useful to all voters, but especially those who will be disproportionately affected, such as voters with disabilities and voters over 65. The March primary election will be an important election, with a large number of races and candidates. Our goal is to lower barriers for voters in Texas.
Texas’ new election laws have been passed by Republicans throughout the legislature. Democrats decried the changes saying they were meant to dilute the voting power of minorities and were specifically designed to undo many of the changes put in place in Harris County. There is now a ban on drive-thru and 24-hour voting, as well as a ban on the distribution of postal ballots. The Legislature rescinded what would have been a restriction on early Sunday voting times – often used by black congregations to get members to the polls.
In terms of assisting voters at polling stations, the person assisting a voter will now have to complete new documents that detail their relationship with the person they are assisting as well as recite under oath a statement that they did not make a declaration. pressure on the voter to get it. help them.
If you are interested, you can register in advance for the presentation.