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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

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.
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.
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.
March 5, 2019 In The News
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talked about how this act is important to the constitution. Congressman Lloyd Dogget, as well as other Texas voting rights advocates, were in attendance.
March 5, 2019 In The News
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a visit to East Austin on Tuesday to promote sweeping voting legislation currently before Congress.
March 4, 2019 Press Release
Austin, TX — On Tuesday in Austin, Congressman Lloyd Doggett will host a press conference with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and leading Texas voting rights advocates Mimi Marziani, President of Texas Civil Rights Project, and Julieta Garibay, Texas Director and Co-Founder of United We Dream. Julieta is also the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit accusing Texas state officials of illegally targeting her and others because they are foreign-born.
October 26, 2018 Press Release
Texas — U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, who represents much of Hays County, released the below statement on today’s emergency action from Hays County Commissioners, after Rep. Doggett and others previously called for greater Early Voting accessibility:
October 26, 2018 In The News
“The burdens imposed by closing the on-campus early voting location fall particularly and disproportionately on the county’s young voters, who are significantly more likely to live on or near campus and are less likely to have easy, immediate access to reliable transportation to vote off-campus,” Beth Stevens, the Texas Civil Right's Project's voting rights legal director, wrote.
March 16, 2018 In The News
U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett and State Rep. Celia Israel at the home of Mayor Steve Adler hosted a welcome for Selma, Alabama U.S. Congresswoman Terri Sewell.