A segregationist time period from the Jim Crow period referring to the “purity” of ballots was yanked on the final minute earlier than the Texas House handed a measure proscribing voting.
Eighteen amendments — 13 of them from Democrats — had been added to the Republican election invoice earlier than it was handed 78-64 Friday.
But an preliminary battle was over the invoice’s assertion of objective. It initially mentioned that mentioned the measure was designed to “preserve the purity of the ballot box” — a phrase “drafted specifically to disenfranchise Black voters following the Civil War,” Democratic Rep. Rafael Anchía instructed invoice sponsor Rep. Briscoe Cain (R).
“Are you aware of the history of that?” he requested in feedback on the ground.
“No, I’m sorry to hear that … Those are troubling things,” Cain mentioned.
The measure would enhance rules on voting by mail, create a number of new election-related crimes, and enhance protections for partisan ballot watchers. It may make it a felony for somebody to present an individual a vote-by-mail utility until they requested one.
Anchía argued that Texans had been extra more likely to be struck by lightning than to come across the vote fraud GOP lawmakers insist they’re addressing.
“You know what undermines confidence in our elections? It’s the lies that are told in the face of all contrary evidence by politicians for their own and their party’s political gain,” mentioned Anchía.
The invoice handed alongside occasion strains and now goes to a convention committee, the place lawmakers will resolve variations between the House and Senate variations of the invoice.
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