Congressman Al Green Attends Official Field Hearing on “Enforcement of the Voting Rights Act in the State of Texas” at Texas Southern University

May 3, 2019

(Houston, TX) – On Friday, May 3, 2019, Congressman Al Green attended the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties hearing on the Enforcement of the Voting Rights Act in the State of Texas:

“I would like to thank my colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee for coordinating the Voting Rights Act hearing at Texas Southern University, my alma mater. I am thankful that the Committee elected to hold its first hearing in Texas, specifically Harris County.

“Texas has been a bad actor in ensuring that all eligible voters may freely exercise their fundamental right to vote. From draconian voter ID laws to more recent legislative attempts at disenfranchisement, I have seen the disadvantages of voting as a person of color in Texas firsthand. I was unable to vote with a congressional photo ID card, while others were capable of voting with a gun license.

“We often brag that everything is both bigger and better in Texas, but are things really bigger and better for Texans who are unable to vote due to suppression tactics at polling places and via legislation? We have just defeated the disparate impact of the voter purge attempt after the 2018 midterm blue wave, and now we must combat the horrific implications that Senate Bill 9 would present to elderly, disabled, rural, and minority voters across the state. We cannot allow history to repeat itself. We cannot allow this state or any other in our country to rebuild the barriers to equality forcefully and strategically dismantled by Dr. King, Barbara Jordan, Thurgood Marshall, and many others. We must continue to lift the voices of those suffering from disparities in access to voting in Texas.”