Texas Lagging Other States on Election Reforms
Last week omnibus election integrity reform bills were filed in both the House and Senate. Texas is way behind.
The question now, is that part of the plan?
The state of Arizona has already passed completely or voted on three important measures aimed at safeguarding elections.
Among the reforms are curtailing mail-in ballot use (SB 1713), amending voter roll tending policies (SB 1485), and a bill (HB 2569) that bans government officials from taking private donations to pay for any aspect of election administration.
That last one is a must-pass after the 2020 election. Big tech companies, not content with manipulating users online, spent big to influence the election’s outcome by dictating voter outreach and administration practices.
Georgia, a week ago, passed bills through both of its chambers (HB 531, SB 241) that would limit mail-in voting and require a photo ID and witness signature to vote by mail.
According to the left-leaning Brennan Center bill tracking, Pennsylvania is already considering bills to reign in the overuse of mail-in balloting (HB 25) and clean up its voter rolls (HB 143).
Neither the Texas House nor Senate have moved a bill out of committee.
Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania all had sessions kick off in early January, not dissimilar to Texas. While the rules that govern when bills can be taken up differ, a strong case can be made that Texas lawmakers are again slow-walking election reform.
There’s no good excuse for inaction in Texas, especially when compared to these other states.