Securing Voting Rights for All
Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and should be easy, secure, and encouraged. The casting of undue cost, burden, and doubt on citizens is un-American. Laws restricting early voting, denying 24-hour voting, limiting the number of ballot dropboxes, and requiring limited forms of identification are only meant to keep people from voting.
Texas is ground zero in the fight for voting rights. Last year, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1, a sweeping voter restriction bill that makes it harder for voters who face language barriers and with disabilities to get help casting their ballots. It also restricts election officials’ and judges’ ability to stop aggressive partisan poll watchers and bans 24-hour and drive-thru voting, among other measures.
As a Member of Congress, I will ensure our elections remain accessible, secure, and not susceptible to subversion by supporting legislation like the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act. In addition, I will work in a bipartisan manner to pass online and same-day voter registration, expand eligible forms of voter ID, and take away any obstacles to voting by mail. We need to work to expand polling sites especially in rural areas and establish nonpartisan redistricting commissions to ensure that Texas voters have the right to choose their leaders in legal elections.
As a Marine who fought for the Iraqi people’s right to vote in secure, transparent, and uncoerced elections; I never imagined having to fight for my fellow Texans’ rights to vote in America. I am proud to have earned the endorsement of the Voter Protection Project and stand committed to ensure more Americans can and will participate in the most sacred act of our democracy.