(Update: The news conference is over. Please check back for more livestreams on KSAT.com).
Voting rights advocates will speak outside the Texas Capitol on Tuesday afternoon as tensions mount over the GOP elections overhaul bill, which led to the exodus of Democrats in an attempt to block it.
Organizers will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. and it will be livestreamed in this article. Delays are possible; if there is not a livestream available, check back at a later time.
It will take place moments after the Texas House voted the authorization to find more than 50 Texas Democrats and bring them back “under warrant of arrest if necessary.”
The group fled from Texas to Washington D.C. on Monday in an attempt to block the passage of a controversial elections bill, which opponents say would make it harder to vote in Texas. By leaving the chamber, they broke the quorum needed — again — to take up the bill.
It is unclear what action could be taken, though, as state troopers do not have jurisdiction beyond Texas.
Earlier Tuesday, Democrats held a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol. They acknowledged that they can’t stay out of the Lone Star State forever, but urged President Joe Biden and Congress to act at the federal level.
The Democrats’ Texas exit on Monday marked the second revolt against Gov. Greg Abbott and the GOP, forcing yet another showdown over voting rights.
In late May, Democrats successfully staged a walkout in the state House of Representatives to block the passage of the voting bill on the last day of the legislative session. After that move, Abbott called for a special session.
Abbott said that he would simply keep calling special sessions if necessary.
State Rep. Philip Cortez, D-San Antonio, on Monday spoke with KSAT as he sat on a plane to Washington D.C. and gave insight on their decision to bolt.
“It’s important that we preserve the rights of all Texans to have access to the ballot,” Cortez said. “So this is important that we take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that no bills, no laws are passed that in any way, prohibit or discourage people from coming out to vote.”
Democratic lawmakers have said the GOP’s elections overhaul bill would make it harder for young people, people of color and people with disabilities to vote.