Chiraag Bains

Chiraag Bains is Director of Legal Strategies at Dēmos, a dynamic think-and-do tank that powers the movement for a just, inclusive, multiracial democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @chiraagbains.

Recent Articles

Texas Tried to Mess with Voting. It Failed.

Grassroots organizers and civil rights groups banded together to stop Texas officials from denying the franchise to voters of color.

Texas has been ground zero for voter suppression for years. From extreme gerrymandering and strict photo ID requirements to restrictive voter registration rules, state’s elected officials have rigged the election rules in ways they know will disempower black and brown voters. Their creativity in suppressing the vote knows few bounds—especially in the years since the Supreme Court invalidated key Voting Rights Act protections in the 2013 case Shelby County v. Holder . However, grassroots organizers, civil rights lawyers, and fed-up Texans are fighting back and the tide may now be turning. In recent months, the Lone Star State’s voter suppression machinery suffered several high-profile defeats. Texas’s attempt at a massive voter purge collapsed and gave the state a black eye on the national stage. In late January, acting Secretary of State David Whitley made the ludicrous claim that 95,000 non-citizens were on the state’s voter rolls and that 58,000 of them...