Beto O'Rourke holds voting rights rally at Texas Capitol

Hundreds of people gathered at the steps of the Texas State Capitol for a voter rights rally put on by former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke.

"This is what democracy looks like and this is what fighting for democracy feels like," said O’Rourke.

O'Rourke made his final stop on his "Texas Drive for Democracy" campaign in Austin to talk about voting rights.

"We're going to do all that we can with what we have, where we are right now, to save this democracy. We're going to fight on every front. We are going to push without rest until the right to vote is secured in America and this democracy represents each and every single one of us," said O’Rourke.

Among O’Rourke were dozens of activists and democrats who came out to join the fight for voting rights in Texas.



The event was called Rally for the People and attracted hundreds of people to Capitol Grounds.

The rally took place weeks after democrats walked out of the legislative session to kill Senate Bill 7.

Texas State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer was one of the Democrats who walked out on SB 7. He says the fight has just begun. 

"We walked out of this house proudly, but it was the equivalent of crawling on our knees, begging Washington DC to give us federal voting rights relief," said Fischer

This rally also calls on the U.S. Senate to vote in favor of the For the People Act. If passed, the bill would expand voter access and put a further stop to SB 7.

It is expected Senate Bill 7 will be on a special session called on by Governor Abbott. O’Rourke says that it is important that the voters make it clear that SB 7 cannot pass in Texas.

"I know that we can win this fight. Though it will not be easy, it is certainly worth doing," said O’Rourke.