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Texas Voting Reform Bill Headed to House Floor

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Texas will become the nation’s most populous state to consider a new voting reform bill following the 2020 presidential election, as the state House measure heads to the floor for consideration.

The Texas legislation comes after a bitter battle regarding a voting reform law signed in Georgia in March and a measure signed by Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday.

The state House plans to vote Thursday on a new bill “that would increase criminal penalties for some voting irregularities,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott offered his support for election integrity legislation when he said in a March statement, “Our objective in Texas is to ensure that every eligible voter gets to vote and that only eligible ballots are counted.”

He added, “In the 2020 election, we witnessed actions throughout our state that could risk the integrity of our elections and enable voter fraud, which is why I made election integrity an emergency item this session. Thank you to Senator Bettencourt and Representative Cain for their leadership on this important issue and drafting legislation to protect free and fair elections in the state of Texas.”

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appeared Thursday on Fox News to attack companies fighting against the bill.

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