Beto O'Rourke: Texas Voting Bill 'Doing the Exact Same Thing' as Poll Tax, Literacy Tests

Beto O'Rourke: Texas Voting Bill 'Doing the Exact Same Thing' as Poll Tax, Literacy Tests


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.’”

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He continued, “You know, the poll tax 100 years ago was somewhat innocuous-sounding. The literacy test, the counting the number of

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