Texas Republicans Finalize Major Voting Limits Bill
And in their electoral push, Republicans have overtaken objections from Democrats, voting groups and big business. Companies like American Airlines, Dell Technologies and Microsoft spoke out against Texas legislation shortly after the bill was tabled, but the pressure has so far been largely ineffective.
The final 67-page bill, known as SB 7, turned out to be an amalgamation of two omnibus vote bills that had made their way through the state legislature. It included many provisions originally introduced by Republicans, but lawmakers dropped some of the more stringent ones, such as a regulation on the allocation of voting machines that would have led to the closure of polling stations in communities of color. and a measure that would have allowed partisan observers to videotape the voting process.
Yet the bill includes a provision that could make it easier to overturn an election. Previously, Texas Election Law had stated that quashing election results over fraud charges required proof that the illegal votes had in fact resulted in an unjustified victory. If the bill passes, the number of fraudulent votes required to do so should simply be equal to the differential of winning votes; it does not matter for whom the fraudulent votes were cast.
Democrats and voting rights groups were quick to condemn the bill.
“SB 7 is ruthless law,” said Sarah Labowitz, director of policy and advocacy at the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. “It targets voters of color and voters with disabilities, in a state that is already the toughest polling place in the country.”
But Republicans celebrated the bill and bristled at criticism from Mr. Biden and others.
“As the White House and the National Democrats work together to minimize the integrity of the elections, the Texas legislature continues to fight for accessible and secure elections,” said Senator Bryan Hughes, one of the project’s sponsors. of law, in a press release.
He added, “In Texas, we do not bow to the headlines, report corporate virtue, or suppress electoral integrity, even if it comes from the President of the United States.”