Voting rights activists to march against GOP-backed elections bill

Texas

AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Wednesday, voting rights activists will walk 27 miles from Georgetown to Austin to bring attention to the voting bill Republican lawmakers are trying to pass.

On Tuesday night, politician Beto O’Rourke, Rev. William Barber and dozens of Texans held a prayer service for the marchers at Christ Lutheran Church in Georgetown.

“Those Texans with the disability, the very young, the very old, the working poor, Black and brown and other minorities in Texas are targeted for voter suppression and intimidation, as they always have been in this state,” said former U.S. representative O’Rourke.

Republicans call the bill an elections security bill.

State Rep. Jim Murphy of Houston says Democrats need to get back to the state capitol to do work this special session.

  • Voting right activists are walking 27 miles from Georgetown to the Texas Capitol building to fight Republican-backed voting law changes currently being discussed in the legislative special session. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)
  • Voting right activists are walking 27 miles from Georgetown to the Texas Capitol building to fight Republican-backed voting law changes currently being discussed in the legislative special session. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)
  • Voting right activists are walking 27 miles from Georgetown to the Texas Capitol building to fight Republican-backed voting law changes currently being discussed in the legislative special session. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)
  • Voting right activists are walking 27 miles from Georgetown to the Texas Capitol building to fight Republican-backed voting law changes currently being discussed in the legislative special session. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)
  • Voting right activists are walking 27 miles from Georgetown to the Texas Capitol building to fight Republican-backed voting law changes currently being discussed in the legislative special session. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)

“Important matters like the 13th check for retired teachers or bail reform, CPS reform. Those are all in play right here and now. They need to get accomplished. I encourage them to get their exercise, but they can do that right here in Austin,” Murphy said.

Organizers of Wednesday’s march are calling the walk a “Selma to Montgomery” style march. In 1965, civil rights activists led that walk in response to voter suppression in the South. It pushed Congress to pass the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

  • On Tuesday night, politician Beto O'Rourke, Rev. William Barber and dozens of Texans held a prayer service for the marchers at Christ Lutheran Church in Georgetown. (KXAN Photo/Juan Salinas)
  • On Tuesday night, politician Beto O'Rourke, Rev. William Barber and dozens of Texans held a prayer service for the marchers at Christ Lutheran Church in Georgetown. (KXAN Photo/Juan Salinas)

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