People cast their ballots at a polling location in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 13, 2020. (Sergio Flores/Getty Images)
The Epoch Times - JACK PHILLIPS July 12, 2021, Updated: July 12, 2021
The Texas GOP-controlled Legislature moved closer to passing several voting bills that prompted Democrat legislators in May to stage a walkout.
During a special legislative session called by Gov. Greg Abbott, Republicans over the weekend worked quickly to advance several voting bills during oversight hearings.
On July 11, a Texas state House committee voted to advance a bill that would bring back a number of voting integrity-related proposals that didn’t pass during the previous session, which ended May 30. Later that day, Senate lawmakers advanced their version of the voting legislation in a committee vote.
State Sen. Bryan Hughes, the Republican sponsor of one of the bills, said that debate over the measure is now “bitterly partisan” but argued that “most of the security measures in Senate Bill 1 [the voting measure] are not aimed at individual voters.”
“By and large, individual voters are trying to vote. They’re trying to do the right thing,” he said, according to KWTX. “We want them to do that. The security measures in this bill, by and large, are directed at vote harvesters or folks who are trying to steal votes.”
State Democrats again deployed the argument that the bill is designed to target minority groups with more restrictions, including curbing drive-thru voting and 24-hour balloting that was used amid the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Republicans have long denied claims that the bills unfairly suppress minorities’ voting rights.
“We’re going to make it harder for communities of color, for individuals with disabilities, for individuals where English isn’t their primary language, and for seniors to vote and to have access to the ballot box, even though the elections were a resounding success,” state Rep. John Bucy, a Democrat, said, according to the station. “When I think about legislation I’m going to file, [I consider] what problem in this state do I want to solve, so I’m trying to figure out what problem is this bill trying to solve.”
Texas-based activist groups also decried the voting measures that are making their way through the Legislature. Some activists and protesters were seen holding signs on Saturday in the state Capitol building.
Republicans said over the weekend that they will attempt to set up a full floor vote to advance the legislation.
If the Texas House and Senate pass the voting bill, there is a very strong likelihood that Abbott, a Republican, would sign them into law. Before the special legislative session was called, Abbott told media outlets last month that he’s focused on several items, including voting reform, critical race theory, and barring biological males from competing in women’s sports.
“Even Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives … agree that as [it] concerns mail-in ballots, that is an area where improving the mail-in ballot system is a way to achieve greater election integrity,” the Texas governor told Fox News on July 11. “So what Texas is doing is we’re making it easier to vote by adding more hours in early voting than we have in current law but also making it harder to cheat with regard to mail-in ballots.”
The bottom line is for the people to regain their original, moral principles, which have intentionally been watered out over the past generations by our press, TV, and other media owned by the Illuminati/Bilderberger Group, corrupting our morals by making misbehaviour acceptable to our society. Only in this way shall we conquer this oncoming wave of evil.
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