Governor Greg Abbott wants to sign the bill into law
Hours after Florida implemented a series of new election restrictions, the Republican-led Texas legislature put forward a far-reaching proposal on Thursday that could become one of the most difficult states to vote in the United States. One.
In addition to other restrictions, the Texas proposal can further empower election observers, prohibit election officials from requesting absentee voting, and impose severe penalties on those who provide assistance beyond the permitted range. The State House of Representatives will debate the measure this afternoon and whether it is possible to approve the measure and send it to the Senate.
Governor Greg Abbott wants to sign the bill into law.
The Republican who drafted the proposal, Brisco Kane, said that he has introduced the proposal “to ensure that we apply the electoral law fairly and uniformly and to protect the people from being exploited.”
Democratic representative Jessica González, deputy chairman of the House Election Committee, quickly challenged him, arguing that the proposal was a solution to the problem. He cited the Texas Secretary of State in his testimony that the 2020 election is “free, fair and safe.”
Florida and Texas are important states for Republicans due to population growth and their 70 electoral votes in between. The new measures being implemented by the legislature represent the current efforts of Republicans to curb the national vote after the White House was defeated in the historic vote in the 2020 general election.