"We need to stand up and fight for what is right for our democracy. We don't want to go backwards," said a rally participant.
ROXIE BUSTAMANTE: Tom, the debate surrounding the bill has sparked national attention. Now, today, groups across the state have been protesting against the bill, saying that it restricts people's right to vote. Now, it still has a long way before the bill becomes law, but some provisions and some of the language could change before that.
Texas has become the latest state to advance sweeping new limits on voting despite no evidence of election fraud from the last presidential election. Senate Bill 7 was passed by the Texas House on Friday following hours of debate and minimal changes made to the bill. However, the language for the most part has remained the same, which means if the bill does become Texas law, it would restrict voting hours and mail-in ballots, no more drive-through voting, and poll watchers will be given more access inside polling locations, including during voting hours. This afternoon, members with the Houston's Woman March were protesting against the bill with the goal of educating and spreading awareness.
- There are many activist groups that we are trying to send this message everywhere. We need to stand up and fight for what is right for our democracy. We have achieved a lot of things during different generations, as you can see on the faces of these beautiful people behind me. We don't want to go backwards.
- I like to call them voter strengthening acts, because really what we're asking here is for the law to be upheld.
ROXIE BUSTAMANTE: Those in favor of Senate Bill 7 believe that it could restore the trust in the election system. Now, also, those who oppose it believe that it will significantly impact communities of color and people with disabilities. And if it does become law, you want to make sure that you plan ahead the next time you go out to vote. Roxy Bustamante, ABC 13 Eyewitness News.