Published On: Mon, Jul 12th, 2021

2 Election Integrity Bills Advance in Texas Legislature, Target People ‘Who Are Trying to Steal Votes’

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The GOP-controlled Texas Legislature moved closer to passing several voting measures that had prompted Democrat lawmakers 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 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 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 …

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