Texas lawmakers sparred over voting legislation into the late evening Thursday.
Republicans say the legislation includes new measures that would lead to better election security, while Democrats argue it will suppress voter access, especially for those minority communities.
Lawmakers were set to vote on the Republican-sponsored election Thursday after Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis signed that state’s election bill into law. The State House of Representatives debated the measure with the possibility it would pass and get sent to the Senate, according to reports.
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Gerald Welty sits the House Chamber at the Texas Capitol as he waits to hear debate on voter legislation in Austin, Texas, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (Associated Press)
The bill’s author, Rep. Briscoe Cain, said the legislation, would help to protect voters and prevent future election crimes. He said it wasn’t in response to the 2020 elections, which he deemed was fair.
“The purpose of this is to make it even more safe and secure,” Cain said, according to FOX 4 of Dallas/Fort Worth. “The constitution commands the legislature to pass legislation to attack fraud and to preserve the purity of the ballot box, and I’ve seen a lot of polling suggesting the trust in our elections process is down.”
Texas lawmakers spar over election bill
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