(Washington) More than 50 Democratic MPs from Texas were signed with arrest warrants on Wednesday by the Republican leader of the House of Commons of this large American state.
Posted on 8/11/2021 11:12 AM
The 52 arrest warrants signed by Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan will be handed over to the House of Commons security on Wednesday morning, the Dallas Morning News announced.
The Republican majority had voted in favor of the arrests the night before. The motion to force democratic parliamentarians to return was accepted with 80 votes to 12.
Dozens of Democrats fled Texas to Washington in July to avoid a special session to pass a controversial electoral law.
However, Texas law allows MPs who are absent during voting sessions to be arrested and, if necessary, forcibly returned to the Chamber.
This extraordinary session had to be called because the same Democrats elected had left the Chamber in May in a vote on what US President Joe Biden called an “attack on democracy”.
Their absence prevented the required number of elected representatives (quorum) present in order to be able to vote.
At least 20 Democratic MPs are still in Washington, according to the Morning News.
“It is our right as parliamentarians to break the quorum to protect our voters,” said Chris Turner, Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, in a tweet from his parliamentary group, pledging “as much as we can” against the attacks Republicans Vote on Our Right to Fight “.
The Republican bill officially aims to make elections safer by banning auto-votes or introducing numerous restrictions on voting times and postal votes.
However, these restrictions are mostly aimed at provisions that make it easier to vote for minorities, especially African Americans, who are generally more pro-democracy.
Since Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential election, bills to restrict voting rights have multiplied in states at the initiative of Republicans.