Susie Angel, who lives with cerebral palsy and works with the Coalition of Texans With Disabilities, watches as the Texas Legislature pursues sweeping voting restrictions, afraid that she and others with disabilities might be deterred from voting. The Texas legislation, which Democrats blocked but Republicans plan to revive in a special session, is one of a series of Republican voting bills that would disproportionately affect people with disabilities.

For years, advocates have worked to mobilize Americans with disabilities into a voting bloc powerful enough to demand that politicians address their needs. Now, after an election in which mail-in voting helped them turn out in large numbers, the restrictive proposals are simultaneously threatening their rights and testing their nascent political influence.

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