PAUL J. WEBER and LM OTERO were the authors
Tyler, Texas (Associated Press). Texan Greg Abbott, the Republican Governor of Texas, signed Tuesday an election reform bill that makes more changes in this booming state. After months of protesting Democrats’ efforts to reduce minority voter turnout, and preserve the Republican Party’s declining dominance, more voting restrictions were imposed.
In Tyler, in eastern Texas, Abbott signed the comprehensive reform. The surrounding counties voted for Donald Trump last year by more than 2 to 1. However, Texas is in a much better position overall. Trump is leading Texas by 5 1/2 percentage points. This is the lowest advantage that the Republican presidential nominee has had in Texas for decades.
The signing of this bill highlighted once again the difficult right turn taken by Texas Republicans in the last year. This included a new state law which banned most abortions and went into effect last week. Abbott stated that Taylor was the main author for the voting bill. It is also the hometown of Republican Senator Brian Hughes and the author the new restrictions on abortion.
The rewriting of the Texas voting law has been the target of at least three federal lawsuits — including another lawsuit filed on Tuesday — and everyone believes that these changes will have a disproportionate impact on minorities. Abbott and other Republicans claim that it increased access by increasing the time required to vote early, but the law also places restrictions on late night voting.
Abbott stated that he was confident that the law will be upheld once it passes the litigation stage. “It does make it easier to vote, because of what was said. Everybody who is eligible to vote won’t be denied the chance to vote.
According to the Brennan Justice Center data, 18 states have passed new voting restrictions since 2020. Texas is one.
These laws are part the Republican election campaign across the country. They include Florida, Georgia, and Arizona. The tightening of voting laws is done in the name security. Trump falsely claimed that it was stolen.
Opponents did not wait for Abbott’s signature to start a lawsuit against a new Texas law called Senate Bill 1. The American Civil Liberties Union, disability advocates, and minorities rights groups are all part of the broad coalition that accused Texas Republican lawmakers last week of violating Federal Voting Rights Acts and discriminating against minorities.
Harris County is the Houston area’s focus for some changes. President Joe Biden brought in a county that had 1.6 million registered voters last year to give the county a 13% advantage. Harris County election officials offered 24-hour polling stations and drive through voting during the COVID-19 epidemic. These services have been banned by the new law. The county also tried to send mail-in ballot applications to more than 2 million registered voters, but in Texas, any election official who tries to send applications to people who don’t ask for it could face criminal charges.
Now, partisan opinion poll monitors have the right to more campaigns. Judges who hinder their election could also face criminal sanctions, which, according to the Democratic Party, may result in intimidation of voters.
“Black votes were suppressed today. Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a democratic deal for many. Derek Johnson, Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said that they feel sick. The statement stated.
In response to the new voting restrictions in the Republican-controlled state legislatures, Congressional Democrats hoped to pass new federal voting rights protections at the federal level, but failed to overcome the opposition of Senate Republicans.