Oppose SB 9 (Voter Suppression)

April 3

ACTION

Call your state senator to vote NO on SB 9. This bill would make it harder to vote in Texas by criminalizing honest mistakes in the voting process and eliminate existing hurdles to purging voter lists.

Suggested text {when calling…}:

My name is {name} and I am a constituent who lives in {town/district}. I am calling to ask you to vote NO on SB9. This bill would criminalize honest mistakes in the voting process and eliminate hurdles to purging voter lists. Please vote NO on SB 9!

Senate State Affairs Members
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UYYOOPQN8LpS4jfUcRn469hZELeGsPhWV1pS5dRvJ_g/edit?usp=sharing

Indivisible “Tell your Texas State Senator: Protect Democracy in Texas” phone number finder
https://act.indivisible.org/call/texas-protect-democracy/?fbclid=IwAR2059lYhNheY4m8rmb8emsUIbyuiWaGd6WsPX6r7x3H0Egkjmt8FZ_z-Q0

BACKGROUND

Bill details: https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=SB9

Bill text: https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00009S.htm

Indivisible National Call Guide: https://act.indivisible.org/call/texas-protect-democracy/?fbclid=IwAR2059lYhNheY4m8rmb8emsUIbyuiWaGd6WsPX6r7x3H0Egkjmt8FZ_z-Q0

Additional info/articles

The Texas Observer, “Civil Rights Groups Call ‘Election Integrity’ Bill a ‘Dangerous New Assault on Voting Rights in Texas’ ”  https://www.texasobserver.org/civil-rights-groups-call-election-integrity-bill-a-dangerous-new-assault-on-voting-rights-in-texas/

Oppose SB 9 (Voting)

Monday, March 18

ACTION

Call your state senator, committee chair, and committee vice-chair to express your opposition to SB 9, which would impose substantial new barriers to voting by those who need assistance, further criminalize innocent mistakes by voters, and loosen safeguards on voter privacy in order to make future voter purges easier. This bill is on the Lieutenant Governor’s list of priority bills.

This bill is scheduled for a hearing on March 18, 9:00 AM, Senate Chamber. If you have time to go to the Capitol to sign in against SB 9, please do!

Suggested script when calling your senator:

(Find your state senator and their phone number: https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home)

My name is {name} and I am a constituent who lives in {town/district}. I am asking you to oppose SB 9, a bill “Relating to election integrity; increasing criminal penalties; creating a criminal offense; creating civil penalties.” This bill would impose substantial new barriers to voting by those who need assistance, further criminalize innocent mistakes by voters, and loosen safeguards on voter privacy in order to make future voter purges easier.

Suggested script when calling the Chair/Vice Chair:

Senator Joan Huffman, Chair State Affairs, (512) 463-0117
Senator Bryan Hughes, Vice Chair State Affairs (and bill author), (512) 463-0101

My name is {name} and I live in {town/district}. I am calling you as the Chair/Vice Chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee.
I am asking you to oppose SB 9, a bill “Relating to election integrity; increasing criminal penalties; creating a criminal offense; creating civil penalties.” This bill would impose substantial new barriers to voting by those who need assistance, further criminalize innocent mistakes by voters, and loosen safeguards on voter privacy in order to make future voter purges easier.

BACKGROUND

Bill details

https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=SB9

Additional Info

https://my.lwv.org/texas/action-alert/dont-scare-away-voters-oppose-sb-9 (edited)