Election integrity remains a hot topic of debate among D.C. politicos and citizens around the country. We’ve already seen some states amend existing voting laws, and pass new legislation as well.
Georgia and Florida have made strides to protect the reliability of their elections, though Democrats will claim that such laws only contribute to “voter suppression.”
Well, leftists won’t like what just happened in Texas, either.
That’s because Texas Republicans have pushed forward a new elections bill, which is very similar to the voting legislation that recently passed in the aforementioned southern states.
The Texas House of Representatives voted 81-64 to approve the voting laws, which are a little watered down as a result of heated debate with state Democrats.
But even though the GOP had to make some concessions, many Conservatives still view this as a significant victory for election integrity.
Liberal politicians still say it unfairly restricts voting rights to certain groups, but Texas believes they need to make some changes in the interest of election security.
Said legislation author Rep. Briscoe Cain (via FOX 4 of Dallas/Fort Worth):
The purpose of this is to make it even more safe and secure.
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.
Leaders in Florida and Georgia cited these same issues when they passed their laws — it’s a matter of preserving the security and reliability of the ballot box, and combating fraud.
Of course, Democrats refuse to believe there was any problem in the first place.
Rep. Jessica Gonzalez, a Democrat out of Dallas, called it a “terrible piece of legislation,” and added, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Most Republicans don’t agree, though, and haven’t agreed since the end of the 2020 election season. Starting with then-President Donald Trump, GOP leaders have questioned election security for months.
As a result, we see new laws like this, designed specifically to tackle the issue of election integrity.
Democrats did get a minor victory out of this, however, as the bill ended up including 20 amendments that “significantly watered down” some of the more dramatic elements of the law.
But this agreement was necessary to get the legislation to pass, so Republicans accepted a few alterations.
And though the law hasn’t been enacted just yet, it’s expected that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will sign it into law very soon. That will constitute another step in the right direction, according to most Conservatives.
- Texas Republicans approved a new piece of voting legislation, 81-64.
- According to the author of the bill, it “attacks fraud and preserves the purity of the ballot box.”
- Democrats contested the legislation and got it “watered down” a bit. But those pushing for election integrity will likely applaud the result.