Editorial: It’s not enough to fight Texas voter suppression. We must demand expansion.

Editorial: It’s not enough to fight Texas voter suppression. We must demand expansion.

Perhaps it’s part of our self-reliant culture not to expect too much from government in Texas. It’s why our forefathers didn’t trust the governor with too much power and only let lawmakers meet every two years. But this perennial hedging of our sacred voting rights begs the question: how on Earth did we allow Texas government to expect so much from us? How did we get to a point where all voting-age Texans — Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Green Party members and independents — are expected to relinquish more and more of our voting access to lawmakers every two years in the service of one party’s rule? Texas GOP leaders cry “integrity” and “security,” alleging widespread voter fraud that, after 15 years of looking under every rock, they have yet to find. And what do many of us do? We dutifully fall in line, handing over more options to cast ballots, more convenience, more protections from intimidation. Texas already ranks dead last in the nation for voter access. And lawmakers are still hacking away to make it worse. This session, they …
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