Democrats accuse Texas of voter suppression in schools

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrats are accusing top Republicans of attempting to suppress voting in an unusual way as the state heads toward what will be the first primary in the U.S. ahead of this year’s midterm elections.
Democrats say Republicans are targeting public schools and educational groups that say they’re simply encouraging teachers to vote.
Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued cease-and-desist letters to three school districts last week, accusing them of “unlawful electioneering” by using state funding to disseminate candidate endorsements in tweets.
All three districts responded that they’d removed tweets. But one refused to remove a video urging employees to use their “teacher voice” to help elect candidates who support public education.
Texas’ primary is March 6. A state Democratic Party official says the letter’s timing is no coincidence.



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