Texas Democrats who fled the state on Monday to avoid holding a vote on GOP election reforms are protesting a slate of changes that are even less aggressive than a bill they blocked in May.
More than 50 state Democrats boarded chartered planes and buses, as well as commercial flights, to deny the Texas Legislature a quorum this week during a special session called by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
The Democrats characterized their move as an effort to take the voting rights fight to Washington, D.C. They appeared Tuesday morning at the Capitol to speak out about the Republican-led reforms and met subsequently with a number of Democratic lawmakers.
But the bill they are railing against does not contain some of the more controversial provisions that Texas Republicans attempted to pass at the end of the regular legislative session in May. Democrats successfully blocked