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Biden says Texas move to restrict voting ‘assault’ on democracy

Washington, May 29 (EFE).- President Joe Biden said Saturday the move by Texas Republican lawmakers to impose new restrictions on voting was “wrong and un-American.”

In a White House statement, the president warned that Texas legislators had put forth a bill that joins Georgia and Florida in advancing a state law “that attacks the sacred right to vote.”

“It is part of an assault on democracy that we have seen far too often this year—and often disproportionately targeting Black and Brown Americans,” the president said.

“It is wrong and un-American. In the 21st century, we should be making it easier, not harder, for every eligible voter to vote.”

Biden reiterated his call for Congress to pass federal legislation called “For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,” named after congressman and civil rights advocate who passed away in 2020.

The federal bill, according to the president, makes it easier for all eligible Americans to access the ballot box and prevent attacks on the right to vote.

“I continue to call on all Americans, of every party and persuasion, to stand up for our democracy and protect the right to vote and the integrity of our elections.”

The proposed Texas legislation bans after-hours voting, prohibits ballot drop boxes and drive-through voting centers.

It also sets a new window for early voting on Sundays, limiting it from 1 to 9 pm.

The bill also makes it illegal for local officials to proactively send mail-in ballot applications to voters who did not request them.

On March 26, the president called the restrictions that Republicans have imposed on voting in Georgia and other states “a blatant attack on the Constitution and good conscience.”

The president reacted after the Georgia Governor, Republican Brian Kemp, signed the law that restricts voting by adding new rigid restrictions on casting absentee ballots and ends voting hours early, among other provisions.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, voting by mail was critical in the November general election that Biden won to deny then-President Donald Trump his second tenure in the White House.

The November elections saw a record turnout of people exercising their franchise.

Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate in 28 years to win the southern state of Georgia.

Republicans control 30 of the 50 state Congresses in the country and, in recent weeks, have passed or are considering laws that restrict the right to vote. EFE

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