Voting ‘purity’ exchange puts Texas GOP’s fire mark in the spotlight
Ms Perales questioned Mr Cain’s stated ignorance of the toxic racial history of the phrase “purity of the ballot box”. She noted that at least two prominent civil rights organizations had submitted written testimony to Mr. Cain’s committee condemning the sentence.
(In testimony emailed to the committee in late March, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund said the phrase “has deep ties to calls by white state lawmakers to ensure” purity. of the Anglo-Saxon race ”, among other tactics, depriving the Black Texans of their rights.”)
Amid months of false claims by former President Donald J. Trump that the 2020 election was stolen from him, Republican lawmakers in many states are marching forward to pass laws that make voting more difficult and change the course of elections. elections, frustrating Democrats and even some elections. officials of their own party.
- A key subject: Election rules and procedures have become a central issue in US politics. The Brennan Center for Justice, a liberal-leaning law and justice institute at New York University, has 361 bills in 47 states that seek to tighten up voting rules. At the same time, 843 bills were introduced with provisions to improve access to the vote.
- The basic measures: Restrictions vary from state to state, but may include limiting the use of ballot boxes, adding identification requirements for voters requesting mail-in ballots, and removing local laws that allow automatic registration for postal voting.
- More extreme measures: Some measures go beyond changing the way people vote, including changing the rules of the electoral college and judicial elections, cracking down on citizen-led voting initiatives, and banning private donations that provide benefits. resources for election administration.
- Repel: This Republican effort led Democrats in Congress to find a way to pass federal voting laws. A sweeping voting rights bill passed in the House in March, but faces tough hurdles in the Senate. Republicans have remained united against the proposal and even if the bill becomes law, it would likely face considerable legal challenges.
- Florida: The measures here include limiting the use of ballot boxes, adding additional identification requirements for postal ballots, requiring voters to request a postal ballot for each election, limitation of who can collect and deposit the ballots, and even more accountability of partisan observers during the counting process.
- Texas: The next big move could happen here, where Republicans in the legislature brush aside objections from corporate titans and move on a sweeping election bill that is said to be among the toughest in the country. It would impose new restrictions on early voting, ban drive-thru voting, threaten election officials with tougher penalties, and give much more power to supporters of the poll.
- Other states: Arizona’s Republican-controlled legislature passed a bill that would limit the distribution of mail-in ballots. The bill, which includes removing voters from the state’s permanent early voting list if they do not vote at least once every two years, may be only the first in a series of voting restrictions to be promulgated there. Republicans in Georgia passed sweeping new election laws in March that restrict ballot boxes and make it a crime to deliver water within certain boundaries of a polling station. Iowa has also imposed new limits, including reducing the early voting period and in-person voting hours on election day. And bills to restrict voting were passed by the Michigan Republicans-led legislature.
But Ms Beckley said she too ignored the roots of the language. The day after the debate in the House, she recalls, Mr. Cain came to his office and asked, “Did you know?”
“I’m not going to lie,” she said in an interview, “I didn’t know this story.”
In 2019, Mr. Cain revealed he has Asperger’s syndrome during a speech in the House during Autism Awareness Month. He also injected a humorous note: “I suspect a lot of you are thinking about yourself, so that explains it. And yes, your assumptions are correct – that’s why I’m very smart. “
He lives with his wife and five children in Deer Park, where he grew up, and is a captain in the Texas State Guard.
Mr. Cain’s four-year term in the Legislature has been a bit of a roller coaster, at least from outside observations. As a first-year lawmaker in 2017, Mr. Cain was placed at the top of Texas Monthly’s “worst lawmakers” list, which called him “uninformed and belligerent.”
The article cites an example where Mr Cain debated a member of his own party, Rep. John Zerwas, who is a doctor, about funding a state council that promotes palliative care. Mr. Cain repeatedly referred to the practice as a “death sign,” although when pressed by Mr. Zerwas, he was unable to further explain the practice. Finally, he conceded, “I acknowledge that you are aware of this and my apologies.”