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Texas Democrats Show Their True Colors on State’s New Election Integrity Bills

    Forget the “filibuster.” Call this Democrat playbook the “flee-a-buster.”

    Texas Democrats who are intent on keeping the state’s elections as vulnerable to error and fraud as possible are pulling a stunt worthy of a class full of kindergartners: They’re walking out.

    More accurately, they’re fleeing the state. The Associated Press reported on the ‘revolting’ development on Monday.

    “Democrats in the Texas Legislature were planning Monday to leave the state for Washington, D.C., in a second revolt against a GOP overhaul of election laws, creating another dramatic showdown over voting rights in America,” the AP reported.

    “Dozens of Democratic lawmakers were set to leave Austin before the GOP could pass a voting bill in the current special legislative session ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly,” the report added.

    “By leaving just days after Abbott convened a special legislative session, Democrats would again deny the GOP majority a quorum to pass bills, barely a month after their walkout in the state House of Representatives thwarted the first push for sweeping new voting restrictions in Texas — including outlawing 24-hour polling places, banning ballot drop boxes and empowering partisan poll watchers,” the report went on. “The decision to hole up in Washington is aimed at ratcheting up pressure in the nation’s capital on President Joe Biden and Congress to act on voting at the federal level.”

    In June, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation that would make elections more secure against votes cast with erroneous or fraudulent addresses.

    “Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed Senate Bill 1111 on Wednesday,” a press release on the legislative development read. “The bill, passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature at the end of their session last month, imposes new limits on what type of addresses voters can use to register to vote and allows county officials to require additional verification if they suspect a voter’s registered address is not where they reside.”

    “The law states that voters cannot register to vote using any address where they do not live full-time — and that they ‘may not establish residence for the purpose of influencing the outcome of a certain election’,” the release continued. “If a voter is suspected of registering with an invalid address, a city official can now require additional verification documents from the voter — but only a handful of residency documents are accepted, and none can be sent back to the county via a P.O. box.”

    In May, the Texas Senate passed a slate of election integrity measures to ensure that the state’s elections are free, fair and accountable. The legislation included provisions to purge the voter rolls of non-citizens and non-residents, as well as the implementation of secure voter IDs.

    The Democratic Party wanted no part of such election legislation, as the state House representatives showed in revealing fashion at the time.

    Texas Democrats pulled off a dramatic, last-ditch walkout in the state House of Representatives on Sunday night to block passage of one of the most restrictive voting bills in the U.S., leaving Republicans with no choice but to abandon a midnight deadline and declare the legislative session essentially over,” Fox 13 reported at the time.

    “The revolt is one of Democrats’ biggest protests to date against GOP efforts nationwide to impose stricter election laws, and they used the spotlight to urge President Joe Biden to act on voting rights,” the report continued.

    While the news media celebrated the Democrats’ obstruction, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement that implies that election measures will be taken up in a ‘special session.’

    “I declared Election Integrity and Bail Reform to be must-pass emergency items for this legislative session,” Abbott said. “It is deeply disappointing and concerning for Texans that neither will reach my desk. Ensuring the integrity of our elections and reforming a broken bail system remain emergencies in Texas. They will be added to the special session agenda. Legislators will be expected to have worked out the details when they arrive at the Capitol for the special session.”

    The Texas legislation in no way, shape or form curbs any U.S. citizen’s “voting rights.” Every qualified adult would be free to cast one vote in a state’s election. That has not stopped the U.S. media from engaging in a massive disinformation campaign that such legislation as Texas’s and Georgia’s are “restrictive.” They are “restrictive” because they restrict illegal voting, which apparently has provoked the ire of the Democratic Party and its media allies.

    Election integrity was destined to become a political battleground after the controversial 2020 elections. President Biden has called any attempt to implement voter IDs an “atrocity” and “un-American.” However, the latest research shows that voter IDs do not impede registration or voting in any way whatsoever; an estimated 95%-96% of all African-Americans already possess a suitable form of ID or can be provided IDs for free by various states.

    That the Democratic Party would go to such extreme lengths to block election integrity legislation only underscores a fundamental point: It does not even accept the result of ‘democratic’ elections.


    Texas Wins Yet Another Battle for Election Integrity In It State, ‘Voting Rights’ Groups are Already Howling

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