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Protecting Access to the Ballot Box

Whether you are an elderly member of our community, serving in our armed forces overseas, or a young university student whose personal documents are not with them at college, I firmly believe that all citizens should have equal access to the ballot box. Democracy thrives when all citizens can voice their concerns. We have come too far to allow misguided State laws to add bureaucratic red tape to the ballot box, and I will continue working in Congress to ensure that the voices of all voters are heard. Texas will do best when more of its citizens can participate in deciding our shared future. I have sponsored several campaign finance reform bills and legislation to restore voting rights.

 

I am a sponsor of the Voting Rights Amendment Act, an important bill that would restore and update sections of the Voting Rights Act that a divided Supreme Court struck down in Shelby County v. Holder. I am also a sponsor of several campaign finance bills to reverse the effects of the disastrous Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC and to ensure citizens' voices determine elections rather than corporate influence.

More on Protecting Access to the Ballot Box

October 1, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) released the following statement regarding Governor Abbott’s order today requiring counties to close multiple locations where voters can drop off completed mail-in ballots:
October 1, 2020 In The News
In an order billed as a bid to maintain election integrity, Gov. Greg Abbott ruled that Texas counties can only operate one location to collect completed mail ballots, forcing some urban areas to shutter as many as 11.
September 24, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) reacted to President Trump’s refusal to assure a peaceful transition of power and to Trump’s comments: “Get rid of the ballots, and you’ll have a very — we’ll have a very peaceful, there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There’ll be a continuation.” Rep. Doggett’s statement:
August 23, 2020 In The News
The emails and calls have been pouring into my office, but the letters are a little slower. A disabled veteran with Parkinson’s called to say: “This is not the America I fought for.” He is not receiving prescriptions from the Postal Service on time.
August 22, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), sponsor of the Delivering for America Act, released the following statement on its House passage a moment ago:
July 30, 2020 In The News
WASHINGTON - In a rare moment in the Trump era, several Texas Republicans pushed back against President Donald Trump on Thursday when he floated in a tweet the idea of delaying the presidential election in November. The president does not have the legal authority to move Election Day; that power resides with Congress.
July 30, 2020 In The News
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump floated the idea of delaying the presidential election on Thursday morning, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and what he views as the high risk of fraud as mail-in balloting becomes more widespread.
September 11, 2019 In The News
In the spring, we commemorated the 54th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma, Alabama. Brutal beatings awaited those, like my friend and colleague John Lewis, who peacefully marched for civil and voting rights. Their hard-won victories remain threatened. Texas is ground zero for voter suppression, replacing brutal batons with more subtle Republican suppression: voter roll purges, repressive ID laws, altered polling locations, and crooked gerrymandering.
June 13, 2019 In The News
Calling state officials "Trumpettes" trying to avoid accountability and obstruct access to the truth, U.S. Reps. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, and Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, pressured Gov. Greg Abbott, former Secretary of State David Whitley, and Attorney General Ken Paxton to fork over documents requested by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as it investigates Texas' flawed and discriminatory voter purge.