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Texas Matters: The Toughest State To Vote In And Social Workers Can Refuse LGBT+ And Disabled Clients

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David Martin Davies

The Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners will no longer prohibit social workers from turning away clients on the basis of disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The change comes after a recommendation from Gov. Greg Abbott’s office.

State Senator Jose Menendez, a San Antonio Democrat, blasted the policy change. He is calling for an explanation, and if it’s not rescinded Menendez is promising to file a bill in the next legislative session to address this issue.

Texas #1 Voter Suppression

How hard is it to vote in Texas? The answer is: it’s more difficult to vote in the Lone Star State than anywhere else in the nation. That’s according to a new study published in the Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy.

The study created a Cost of Voting Index that reflects a host of new state laws in place for the 2020 election. Voting laws vary widely from one state to another and change frequently. The index ranks each state according to the time and effort it takes to vote in U.S. presidential elections. Both stages of the voting process — registering to vote and casting a ballot — are combined into a single index value. And Texas is dead last in the findings.

Michael J. Pomante II is a political science professor at Jacksonville University and is a co-author of the study.

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi