Barton says there’s “no problem” with voting rights in Texas

Waxahachie, TX, April 21, 2017 – Jana Lynne Sanchez, Democratic candidate for US House, Congressional District 6, today issued a challenge to Rep. Joe Barton to stand up for the rights of voters and to support term limits so voters would achieve real accountability from elected officials. Speaking at his town hall in Waxahachie last night, Rep. Joe Barton said there is no problem with voting rights in Texas.

Barton’s pronouncement came despite a US District Court in Texas ruling this week that the Republican legislature had passed laws with discriminatory purpose in violation of the Voting Rights Act. Republicans have championed laws that require specific voter ID forms and have drawn election districts to limit the voting power of minorities, particularly Hispanics and African Americans. Barton has filed an Amicus Brief in favor of tough voter ID laws. Texas ranks 46th in the nation in voter participation. Barton said at his town hall last week Mansfield that he has never been in favor of term limits, despite having been a signatory to the 1994 Contract with America, in which term limits was a central promise.

“Much of what is wrong with governance today is that elected officials are returned year after year after year without a true race because the voters vote based purely on name recognition,” she says. Sanchez pledges to support strict congressional term limits and to work for laws that empower all voters, such as ending gerrymandering by giving the job of drawing districts to an independent panel, and by aligning voter ID laws with those in states with higher voter participation.

“I will fight for term limits, against discriminatory voter identification laws, and in favor of moving the job of drawing districts out of the hands of elected officials,” she said.

“It’s yet another case of the foxes guarding the hen house,” she added.