Failed presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on Monday sounded off on the Texas Legislature’s election integrity bill, which Democrats were able to block by staging a walkout.
O’Rourke said the bill to ensure more security in the state’s elections is akin to the poll tax and literacy tests that were used to stop black Americans from voting.
“[I]t’s worth remembering that our democracy is the exception and not the rule in world history, and the exception on the planet today, and as hard-fought as this democracy was won, we can so easily lose it with provisions like this one,” O’Rourke told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe. “But I also want to call attention to some of these seemingly innocuous provisions like closing polling places in Texas or quote/unquote ‘standardizing elections.’”
He continued, “You know, the poll tax 100 years ago was somewhat innocuous-sounding. The literacy test, the counting the number of