With new voting legislation being passed in states across the country, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke will be making a stop in Midland.

According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, O'Rourke said he has great memories of Midland when he was running for the U.S Senate so he decided to come back to talk about voting rights.

“There are folks I’ve met along the way (in Midland) who I may not agree with or who may not agree with me, but we can do so civilly,” said O'Rourke. “We can show that even at this deeply divided moment, we can still be good to each other, and I think there’s something very special about West Texas … that hopefully provides some of the answers for our country right now, given how polarized America is.”

Midland is just a stop on O'Rourke's 23 city tour in Texas over three weeks to help bring awareness to the bill introduced by the House to expand voting rights, change the way campaigns are financed, and limit gerrymandering.

O'Rourke says he will be discussing SB 7 as well as the disaster with the power grid in February.

“We’ll be talking about all of it and really be talking about what people want to talk about,” said O'Rourke. “It doesn’t matter if they’re Republican or Democrat or Independent, or they don’t care about political parties and have never voted in their lives. It’s really whatever’s most important to people about how their government works or how their government doesn’t work.”

O'Rourke will be at Washington Park in Midland at 6:00pm today (June 3, 2021) to hold a public forum open to all who can attend.

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