The Epoch Times - By Tom Ozimek - October 2, 2021, Updated: October 2, 2021
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has called on the state’s lawmakers to impose harsher penalties for illegal voting, building on earlier efforts that saw the Republican leader push for a forensic audit of the 2020 election. Abbott on Sept. 30 asked the Secretary of the Texas Senate to identify legislation for consideration during the current special session that would raise the penalties for illegal voting after an earlier bill, SB 1 ( ), reduced the punishment from a felony to a misdemeanor.
“The State of Texas has made tremendous progress in upholding the integrity
of our elections,” Abbott. “By increasing penalties for illegal voting, we will send an even clearer message that voter fraud will not be tolerated in Texas.” said in a release Earlier in September, Abbott SB 1, an election reform bill whose supporters say shores up election integrity but whose detractors say establishes obstacles to voting. Besides establishing new ID requirements for voting by mail and making ballot harvesting a third-degree felony, the bill also changed the crime of illegal voting from a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, into a Class A misdemeanor, which can be resolved via a fine signed into law.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the state Senate, praised Abbott’s move to increase the punishment for illegal voting. Patrick that the Texas House had added the amendment lowering the penalties at the last minute and the change went undetected until he and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton discovered it. said in a tweet Paxton, too, weighed in on Abbott’s move. “An outstanding decision to demand increased penalties for vote fraudsters. I have always been in favor of swift & sure justice on those who attack the heart of our constitutional republic. I will continue to muster all my resources to defend election integrity,” he wrote on Twitter.
Earlier, Abbott pushed an audit of the 2020 general election in four Texas
counties—Harris, Collin, Dallas, and Tarrant. The Texas Secretary of State’s
office that it would be carrying out the audit, with phase one—involving verifying the accuracy of voting machines, assessing cybersecurity, and examining voter rolls—already underway. announced on Sept. 28 The review was announced shortly after former President Donald Trump called on Abbott to audit the election, and shortly before an audit in Arizona was announced to have uncovered inconsistencies.
Trump won Texas in the 2020 election by about 630,000 votes but said in a
letter to Abbott that he heard Texans want an audit. “Your citizens don’t trust the election system,” he wrote. “Texans know voting fraud occurred in some of their counties.” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, a Democrat, told reporters last week that the sensational announcement of an audit by the state is nothing more than
a political ploy by a former president and someone who’s trying to curry favor.”
Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.
Tom Ozimek has a broad background in journalism, deposit insurance,
marketing and communications, and adult education. The best writing advice
he's ever heard is from Roy Peter Clark: 'Hit your target' and 'leave the best for
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 misbehavior acceptable to our society. Only in this way shall we conquer this oncoming wave of evil.
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