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Texas Gov. Abbott Signs Election Integrity Bill After Enough Democrats Return

Texas Gov. Abbott Signs Election Integrity Bill After Enough Democrats Return

The bill that makes it hard to cheat, which the Democrats tried so hard to stop, finally passed after a drama-filled summer.

The Texas state Democrats theatrical production on voting rights came to an end on Tuesday.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 1 into law, an election integrity bill to make it harder to cheat.

“One thing that all Texans can agree [on] and that is that we must have trust and confidence in our elections,” stated Abbott. “The bill that I’m about to sign helps to achieve that goal. The law does however make it harder for fraudulent votes to be cast.”

In July, the Texas Democrats fled to D.C. to deny Republicans the quorum needed to vote on the bill. They packed themselves into private planes and charter buses, which led to COVID outbreaks. Then people scorched them for asking people to send them care packages.

They even filed a lawsuit against Abbott for causing them “distress” from being away from their families. The pictures they posted said otherwise.

Three of the Democrats returned a few weeks ago. Stacey detailed the temper tantrums thrown by the Democrats who refused to return. It’s pretty funny.

Anyway, the bill passed, and Abbott signed it in Tyler, TX.

So why would the Democrats hate SB 1 so much? I honestly have no idea:

  • No more 24-voting. Polls must be open a minimum of nine hours between 6 AM and 9 PM.
  • No more drive-thru voting. You can only vote in your car if you have a disability.
  • Video surveillance systems will record all vote-counting activities. There will also be a livestream of those activities in counties with more than 100,000 people.
  • Electronic devices used to count votes with have tracking software.
  • Partisan poll watchers can “observe election activity inside polling places and vote-counting centers as well as during curbside voting that takes place inside a vehicle.”
  • It’s “a crime to deny access to a poll watcher.”
  • The vote-by-mail application and envelope with the ballot require a driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.
  • Those who help people fill out ballots “must fill out a document listing their name, address, relationship to the voter, and whether they’re being paid by a candidate or political committee.”
  • If you drive three or more people to the polls you must fill out a similar document.
  • The secretary of state will work with the Department of Public Safety to compare voter registration rolls to identify “individuals who told the department they were not citizens while obtaining or renewing their driver’s license or ID card after registering to vote.”

In fact, it looks like SB 1 left out the problematic provisions. I could see why Democrats or anyone would have a problem with these:

  • “One would have created a process to make it easier to overturn election results based on claims of voter fraud.”
  • “The other provision banned Sunday morning voting, which was popular among Black churches’ ‘Souls to the Polls’ events during early voting in the 2020 presidential election.”

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Colonel Travis | September 7, 2021 at 5:12 pm

I am glad I live in a state that gives the left permanent consternation, heartburn, shakes, fevers, night sweats and numerous gastrointestinal-to-mouth problems.

“If you drive three or more people to the polls you must fill out a similar document.”

Absolutely! HR mgr gave pto and a ride to the polls to black employees in 08.

just alone for this law, I’d even think about moving to Galveston

“So why would the Democrats hate SB 1 so much?”

1. Makes it harder to cheat, meaning they will lose more often.
2. Republicans wanted it, therefore it must be racist.
3. They have to hate SOMETHING.
4. Fund raising opportunities require a stance of “Help us defeat ” something

I’d even think about moving to Galveston
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well, somebody has to live there–too much like houston for us–and would not go to harris county for the Second Coming

It’s a moot point. Everyone in Texas was killed on September 1 when Constitutional carry became law.

Before that everyone was killed by the end of Net Neutrality. And before that global warming obliterated all life on the planet. And before that Reagan killed everyone on the planet with a nuclear war. And before that…..

smalltownoklahoman | September 7, 2021 at 6:52 pm

Good, hope more red states pass similar laws, hopefully with less drama.

“Keep religion out of government” unless it’s “souls to polls” electioneering.

Got it.

smalltownoklahoman | September 7, 2021 at 7:41 pm

“Video surveillance systems will record all vote-counting activities. There will also be a livestream of those activities in counties with more than 100,000 people.”

Let’s hope that get’s backed up on secure servers. Also what will they do if the livestream goes down?

It’s “a crime to deny access to a poll watcher.”

Felony or misdemeanor?

The vote-by-mail application and envelope with the ballot require a driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Well…. I’m sure the fraudsters already have databases full of that kind of information to use but at least it gives authorities a means of double checking these votes when they are in doubt.

Those who help people fill out ballots “must fill out a document listing their name, address, relationship to the voter, and whether they’re being paid by a candidate or political committee.”

Won’t stop ballot harvesting but it will make them more careful. Also suspect there will be a lot of lying on the last requirement. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised on that last one if Dems deliberately hire some to do ballot harvesting for Republican opponents, just do it badly and in ways to make the Republican look bad.

Under these rules, my mother would not have been able to vote in Florida in 2018, 2019, or 2020. She wouldn’t complain, however, because she wasn’t a resident of Florida in 2018 or 2019, and she was dead in Sept 2020, before the election.

Someone always came to the nursing home, scooped up all the absentee ballots, filled them out, and sent them in. Ballot-harvesting is not legal in FL, but rarely enforced. I hope the Texans enforce it better.

Ballot-harvesting is why elections in CA, where ballot-harvesting is legal, always favor the Democrats. The Dems have optimized their system of ballot-harvesting to the point where they get nearly all of the dead vote and the dementia vote.

    JHogan in reply to OldProf2. | September 7, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Dems payoff gang leaders, one way or another, to ‘get out and harvest the vote’ in their territory.

      geronl in reply to JHogan. | September 8, 2021 at 12:38 am

      I bet there is a lot of buying and selling for those 20 million mail ballots and those home-printed ballots going on.

Democrats don’t care about election integrity because they know the fraud always favors them. And the more fraud the more it helps them. Funny how that works.

But don’t you dare question the integrity of the election of any Democrat. That’s grounds for an FBI investigation. And potentially jailtime for inciting an ‘insurrection’.

Bet if you look at how formerly free republics that turned into leftwing fascist totalitarian states you’ll find formerly free people protesting election fraud. And the state police force responding the same way. Like in Venezuela, for instance.

Lucifer Morningstar | September 7, 2021 at 8:48 pm

And awaiting Attorney General Merrrick Garland’s announcement that the DOJ will be “investigating” possible voting rights violations as well as civil rights violations under the new Texas law in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .

Naturally, the Dems’ first reaction was to file a lawsuit.

Far from “draconian”, I’d say this bill is barely more than a good start. It makes some forms of fraud slightly harder, which is good because it means that low-level would-be fraudsters who are not very motivated will be deterred from acting. But it won’t do much to the organized large-scale fraud machines.

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