Texas’ New Anti-Voter Laws Will Disenfranchise AAPIs

Recently, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas signed into law a bill that includes several voting restrictions that will hurt Asian and Pacific Islander voters, as well as other marginalized groups. These laws limit early voting, prohibits drive-thru voting, empowers partisan poll watchers, and restricts who can help voters requiring assistance. With 73% of AAPIs voting early or by-mail in 2020 and 34% having limited English proficiency, these laws target our communities from making their voices heard.

Unfortunately, we are not surprised. Earlier this year, Texas already passed anti-voter laws and they were not alone. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, as of July 2021, at least 18 states have passed 30 anti-voter laws. This number is now higher and the strongest recourse we have to protect our freedom to vote is with Congress.

As a subscriber of our newsletter, you understand how we have worked to strengthen, expand, and protect our democracy so AAPIs can fully realize their political power. We have marched, we have worked with our partners to educate voters, and we have maintained an in-language voter assistance hotline for over a decade. However, at the end of the day, we cannot out-organize voter suppression. Congress must pass the For the People Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in order to protect our freedom to vote – before it’s too late.

We have a slim opening to defend our freedom to vote, but we must act fast. Find your Senator (below for Wisconsinites) and call or email them today and tell them why you support the For the People Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

### About APIAVote: Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) is a national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in electoral and civic participation. APIAVote envisions a world that is inclusive, fair, and collaborative, and where AAPI communities are self-determined, empowered, and engaged. See our website for more information at http://www.apiavote.org/ We need your help to mobilize our communities!