Several of the Texas Democrats who fled the state to stall voting legislation tested positive Saturday for COVID-19.
A statement from the Texas House Democratic Caucus said one member tested positive for the virus Friday, and two additional members tested positive Saturday morning. The House members were not identified and they were all fully vaccinated.
“The House Democratic Caucus is following all CDC guidance and protocols. This is a sober reminder that COVID is still with us, and though vaccinations offer tremendous protection, we still must take necessary precautions. We are in touch with public health experts in Texas to provide additional guidance. Our caucus will follow all recommendations from public health experts as we continue to work,” the statement read.
Democrats left the state earlier this week to deny the GOP quorum and keep a voting regulations bill from passing. The bill adds new identification requirements for mail-in voting, prohibits local election officials from sending absentee ballot applications to someone who hasn’t requested one, bans drive-thru voting, and expands the access partisan poll watchers have, according to NPR.