NAACP Offers to Pay Bail for Texas Democrats Who Left State to Block Voting Rights Bill

Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, center left, and Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, joined at left by Rep. Chris Turner, chairman of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, welcome Democratic members of the Texas legislature at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. The lawmakers left Austin hoping to deprive the Texas Legislature of a quorum — the minimum number of representatives who have to be present for the body to operate, as they try to kill a Republican bill making it harder to vote in the Lone Star State. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The NAACP said it plans to offer to pay bail for the Texas Democrats who flew to Washington, D.C., in protest of a voting bill after Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said they would be arrested upon their return to the Lone Star State.

“War has been declared on democracy, and we will support anyone who stands up to defend it,” Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP, said in a statement shared with The Hill. “We are fully invested in good trouble.”

The offer comes after a group of Texas Democratic lawmakers fled the state to block the quorum Republicans need to convene a special legislative session. The 57 lawmakers said they are willing to stay as long as necessary to deny the quorum.

The lawmakers are attempting to put pressure on Democrats in Congress to pass new voting rights legislation, and have called on Republicans in the Texas legislature to compromise on a bill that would overhaul the state’s election procedures.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Rachel Scully

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