How the Jan.6 attack on the U.S. Capitol influenced Texas politics in 2021
(Nexstar) – Thursday marks one year since the insurgency on the Capitol in our country. The attack, fueled by allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election, paved the way for some major Texas political initiatives throughout 2021.
“Going back through the marked and desecrated places of the Capitol and hearing the stories of my colleagues who were there and who thought their lives were on the line was something I hope I will never relive again,” said US Representative Lloyd. Doggett, a Democrat representing the 35th District of Texas, said Thursday.
He and other Texas Democrats have described grim memories of the chaos of January 6, 2021.
Texas Republicans, while condemning the violence that day, said their fellow Democrats were overstating the day’s events too much.
“Their January 6 hysteria and the tale to exaggerate, exaggerate, over-dramatize it as one of the worst events, and an insurgency is, to me, it’s absurd and it divides,” said the United States representative Jody Arrington. said, a Republican representing the 19th District of Texas.
Regardless of party affiliation, the 2020 election and the attack that followed had a big impact on Texas politics in 2021.
This included Republican lawmakers who passed new voting rules, which banned 24-hour and drive-thru voting and added more restrictions on postal voting.
Jessica Huseman of VoteBeat said this is nothing new to Texas Republicans.
“Speaking both sides of their mouths in terms of ease of voting in Texas and freedom from fraud, but we still need to strengthen the system and make sure no one can commit fraud,” Huseman explained, stressing a more significant trend in Texas in recent years.
“We have restricted voting over the past decade to every legislative session,” said Huseman.
“Ken Paxton has long insisted that voter fraud was a huge problem in the state of Texas, even if it clearly is not, and Donald Trump used exactly the same rhetoric in his wake. to challenge the 2020 election results, ”Huseman explained.
Governor Greg Abbott also ordered the Secretary of State to audit the 2020 general election in four of Texas’ largest counties: Collin, Dallas, Harris and Tarrant.
Huseman said she believes Texas handled these election audits better than other states.
“We could have done a very political audit, like they did in Arizona, Wisconsin or Pennsylvania. But instead, the new Secretary of State, John Scott, approached the issue very diplomatically, ”Huseman said.
These results, which arrived on the last day of 2021, showed very few irregularities.
“This, of course, showed no sign of massive fraud,” she said.
But she said she still expects voting rights to be a priority when Republicans campaign this year and when lawmakers meet in 2023 for the 88th legislative session.