Eric Gay / AP
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Republicans in the Texas Senate have compiled some of the toughest new voting laws in the United States against the gubernatorial’s office earlier on Sunday. Fewer voting methods were approved and there were more criminal penalties after the bill hit the floor in the middle of the night.
The clearance, known as Senate Bill 7, was passed along the party line around 6 a.m. after eight hours of questioning Democrats, with almost no route to stop it from becoming law. But the bill still needs to clear the final vote in the Texas House later Sunday in order to reach Republican government Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign.
“I am very concerned about the bill that was built in the shadows and passed late at night,” said Democratic state Sen. Beverly Powell.
Under the amendment, during the closed-door talks, Republicans added language that made it easier for judges to overturn elections and pushed the start of Sunday’s vote when sectarian supporters. Many blacks are headed for the 67-page measure to eliminate drive-through voting and the 24-hour polling center, both of Harris County, a Democrat’s stronghold. The state’s largest launched last year.
Texas was the last big battle in the GOP’s nationwide effort to tighten voting laws, fueled by former President Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen. Away from him Georgia and Florida have also passed new voting restrictions, and President Biden on Saturday compared the Texas bill to electoral changes in those states as “ the worst. ” “Attacks on democracy”
The Texas Senate vote came shortly after the final bill went public on Saturday. Around midnight, Republicans used a majority to suspend a rule that would normally ban a 24-hour unposted ballot bill that Democrats protested as a violation. A protocol that rejects them and gives the public time to check the language first.
The bill would help partisan poll watchers by granting them more access inside polling places and threatening criminal penalties on election officials that restrict their movement. Republicans originally offered survey viewers the right to take pictures. But the language was removed from the last bill that lawmakers set to vote this weekend.
Another new provision could make it easier to overturn the Texas electorate, allowing judges to invalidate the result if the number of fraudulent votes cast could alter the outcome, whether it was proven that the fraud was sent. Effect on results
Electoral officials will face new criminal penalties, including the criminal charges of mailing voting applications to the unsolicited. The Texas District of Lawyers Association and the county tweeted that at least 16 new crimes were counted in either expanding or escalating related to elections.
GOP lawmakers also moved to ban voting on Sundays before 1pm, which critics have called an attack on what is commonly referred to as a “humanitarian aid”. “Spirit of Election”, a call-to-vote campaign used by black church groups across the country. The idea goes back to the civil rights movement. Democratic state Representative Nicole Collier, the chairman of the black Texas Legislature, said the change was
Pressing on the Senate floor on why Sunday’s vote could not begin earlier, Republican Senator Brian Hughes said. “Election workers want to go to church as well”
Collier was one of three Democrats elected to negotiate the final version with no one to sign on their behalf. She said she saw the draft bill around 11 p.m. Friday, which was different from the one she had earlier that day and was asked for her signature the next morning.
Giants including Texas-based American Airlines and Dell have warned that such measures could hurt democracy and the economic climate. But Republicans did not oppose it, and in some cases humiliated business leaders who spoke out.
Texas already has some of the country’s strictest voting restrictions and is often referred to by loner groups as a particularly difficult state to vote. It’s one of the few states that didn’t make voting by mail easier during the pandemic.
Top Republican negotiators Hugh and state representative Brisco Cain called the bill a “The most comprehensive and reasonable election reform note” in Texas history.
“Although the national media has reduced the importance of the integrity of the elections, there is no such thing as an election. But the Texas state legislature was not bowing to the headlines or signaling corporate morality, ‘they said in a joint statement.
Since Trump’s defeat, at least 14 states have enacted tighter voting laws, according to the New York-based Brennan Center for Justice. It also counts nearly 400 bills filed this year across the country, limiting voting.
Republican lawmakers in Texas insist the change is not a response to Trump’s widespread false claims of fraud. But necessary to restore confidence in the voting process But skepticism about the election results has been fanfare from some of the state’s top GOP leaders, including Attorney General Ken Paxton, who led the failed prosecution at the U.S. Supreme Court to try to knock down the election.
Lt. Col. Dan Patrick, who is the chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign in Texas, offers a $ 1 million winnings to anyone who can provide evidence of voter fraud. A nonpartisan investigation into previous elections found voter fraud was extremely rare. Government officials from both sides, including Texas and international observers, said the 2020 elections were well.