The fight for democracy is just getting started in Texas. After Greg Abbott and the Republican Party passed a historic voting suppression bill, restricting the political rights of minorities and making it harder to vote all around the lone star state, Beto O’Rourke’s voter mobilization organization launched a new voter registration tool.
Beto’s group, Powered by People, rolled out the “Drive-to-You” initiative, an on-demand voter registration service that will allow eligible Texas residents to register to vote from the comfort of their own homes.
With this new program, any qualified Texas voter will be able to dial a phone number and have a team of volunteer deputy registrars come to their house, office, or any other location to assist them with registering to vote. Texas strict voting rules motivated the organizers to create the program:
“Texas is already the hardest state in which to register to vote and cast a ballot, and the passage of SB 1 will only make it harder,” Cynthia Cano, senior adviser at Powered by People and lead organizer of the Drive-to-You voter registration service, said.
Democrats in Texas attempted to obstruct the voting restriction bill’s passage in the legislature by staging a walkout and departing the state for more than a month in order to deny Republicans a quorum to call a special session but eventually failed after Abbott signed it into law last week.
Beto hasn’t ruled out running for governor, but he will continue the good work in Texas, fighting for Democracy and rights for all Texans, as he said in an interview on July when asked about it:
“I don’t know. But whatever form it takes, I’m committing myself to public service in Texas and for Texas,” O’Rourke said.