Texas NAACP President Accuses Republicans Of Using COVID-19 To Suppress Voting

Gary Bledsoe made his charges during a panel discussion at the online Texas Democratic Convention.

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Gary Bledsoe, president, Texas NAACP


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The head of the Texas NAACP accused Republicans of preparing to use the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a massive voter suppression effort. The civil rights leader made his accusation Tuesday during the online Texas Democratic Convention.

Texas NAACP president Gary Bledsoe spoke during a panel discussion on protecting the vote in 2020. "One thing that I want to say at the beginning, though, is that we're going to see the greatest voter suppression effort in the history of our country this time," he said.

Bledsoe noted that African Americans and Latinos, by the nature of where they live and work, are more likely to contract COVID-19 than Anglo voters.

"I think the COVID-19 pandemic is going to become an offensive tool, and that offensive tool is going to be used as an attempt to try and suppress votes," Bledsoe said.

Bledsoe tied Attorney General Ken Paxton's work to restrict voting by mail to the alleged voter suppression effort.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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