Some voters waited in line for as long as six or seven hours to vote on Super Tuesday in Texas.
New York Magazine called Texas a “voting rights nightmare,” where evidence shows that the State of Texas has closed 542 polling places in the top 50 counties were black and Latino voters are gaining population. In all, 750 polling places in Texas have closed since 2012.
Texas Rep. Rafael Anchia, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Oak Cliff and West Dallas, is chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. That group will hold a joint session this month with the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and the Texas Legislative Study Group to hear from election officials, experts and voters who were affected by long lines for voting, the Texas Tribune reports.
“Texas must quickly fix the problems encountered by voters during Primary Election Day so that we do not see a repeat of these failures during the November General Election,” Anchia told the nonprofit news organization. “We received reports of limited polling locations, workers and machines, ridiculously long lines, equipment malfunctions and elections website failures.”
Oak Cliff resident Domingo Garcia, a Democrat who is the national president of League of United Latin American Citizens, also is speaking out for voting rights in Texas.
Here he is talking about it on WFAA.