HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner joined local officials, community and business leaders to denounce Senate Bill 7 and House Bill 6 Monday afternoon.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the proposed laws will prevent voter fraud and protect voter integrity.
Senate Bill 7 would limit extended early-voting hours, prohibit drive-thru voting and make it illegal for local election officials to proactively send applications to vote by mail to voters, even if they qualify.
Turner was joined by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Fort Bend County Judge KP George and other community and business leaders to denounce what they call “voter suppression bills.”
“The right to vote is sacred,” Turner said.
The mayor stated that women and people of color have had to fight for their right to vote through the years. He said the state has concerns over voter fraud but little to no evidence has been found.