Texas House Democrats Call for Federal Action on Voting Rights After Walkout

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    Texas Democrats’ flight out of state temporarily scuttled Republican efforts to tighten ballot access, increasing national focus on an issue that has swept GOP-led legislatures. The plan — last tried during a 2003 redistricting fight — has no good exit strategy.

    The escape from Austin to Washington denied Republican Governor Greg Abbott the quorum to vote on legislation in a special session he called after Democrats walked out of the regular one in May. But Abbott can convene an unlimited number of 30-day special sessions. And two looming issues may persuade enough Democrats to return: redistricting and a measure to pay lawmakers and their staffs. Without a vote, the legislature will run out of cash at the end of the fiscal year on Aug. 31.

    “They seem pretty emboldened — they got on an airplane to fly to Washington. That’s a pretty aggressive step,” said Randall Erben, an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law and a former legislative director for Abbott. “My sense is that they’re postponing the inevitable.”

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