Texas Democrats Flee State in Attempt to Block Republican Voting Bill

At least 51 House Democrats in the Texas legislature boarded planes for Washington DC on July 12, in an attempt to block a Republican-backed voting bill in their state.

According to local reports, the move would deny Republicans the quorum needed to pass new voting restrictions, which aim to rein in drive-through and 24-hour voting as well as further tighten postal voting.

According to House rules, two-thirds of the 150-member chamber must be present to conduct business.

Footage shared by Representative Trey Martinez Fischer shows him at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport about to board a flight to Washington DC. Other House Democrats tweeted that they could be away for weeks.

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan, a Republican, said that the House would use “every available resource” to secure a quorum. Credit: Trey Martinez Fischer via Storyful

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