Texas state senators passed a massive GOP-led voting reform bill Tuesday – the same bill which was stalled in the House after Democrats fled the state via private plan and laughed about it.
In a party-line vote, 18-4 Senate Republicans passed a bill that would more heavily regulate voting laws, an effort that Democrats have used their propaganda machine to label as ‘Jim Crow 2.0.’
Eight state Senate Democrats joined House members in fleeing the state for Washington, D.C., but that effort failed as a quorum in the Senate was maintained with 22 of its 31 members present, allowing for the passage of the bill.
But while Democrats have claimed the laws proposed by GOP senators are suppressive attempts to block voter turnout, Republicans maintain the laws would secure the elective process.
Author of the Texas-Senate’s bill – known as Senate Bill 1 – Sen. Bryan Hughes argued the language provides “common-sense reforms.”
Under the bill, a ban would be implemented on drive-thru voting, video surveillance would become a requirement, and tracking devices would be installed on all electronic devices used to count ballots to follow “input and activity.”
Changes would be made to the state’s poll-watching system, and mail-in voting would receive renewed scrutiny – requiring all voters to include a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number on their ballot.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has threatened to arrest the state lawmakers who refused to do their jobs and instead fled to Washington, D.C. in an attempt to short-circuit the House vote.
Those same Democrat lawmakers were mocked online as they attempted to subvert Democracy and then played the victim card.
Democrat Rep. James Talarico was one of the most criticized lawmakers as he attempted to paint himself as some sort of hero who made a “sacrifice” by taking a private plane flight to D.C.
“Just landed in Memphis on our way to DC. Thank y’all for your well wishes. We left behind our families, our livelihoods, & our beloved Texas. But our sacrifice is nothing compared to the sacrifices brave Americans have made throughout history to protect the sacred right to vote,” Talarico tweeted. “We’re prepared to stay out of Texas for the rest of the session. This decision wasn’t easy. Many of my colleagues left kids, elderly parents, & sick loved ones. Many are risking their day jobs & their seats in the House. But we won’t sit by & watch democracy wither on the vine.”
Richard Grenell, former Acting Director of National Intelligence, responded saying “You flew on a private jet to avoid your job responsibilities. This is like running out of the room with your fingers in your ears. This is no profile in Courage.”
Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw said, “Hard to imagine a more delusional group of people – thinking that lying about these bills, hopping on a chartered flight, sipping beer, and skipping work is ‘sacrifice.’ You guys are pathetic. Totally pathetic.”
Biden has called on Congress to pass the “For the People Act” and the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act” to counter what Democrats argue is an attack against minority voters.
Gov. Greg Abbott, however, went after President Biden for willfully spreading misinformation about the state GOP’s sweeping elections overhaul bill.
“Once again, President Biden ignores the facts,” Abbott said. “The fact is that Texas is passing a law that expands—not reduces—the hours of early voting. That’s more than many states, including President Biden’s home state of Delaware, which has zero hours of early voting.”
He said the law will help prevent mail-in ballot fraud in the state and will “uphold the integrity of our elections and ensure that Texas who do qualify to vote by mail will have the ability to do so.”
Author: Curtis Leeker