Texas Senate passes "worst since Jim Crow" election bill restricting sideline and postal voting
The Republican-controlled Texas Senate passed an election bill on Thursday, restricting sideline and postal voting.
Before going into effect, the bill must be first signed by Gov. Abbott. And if the bill is completely passed, it will limit voting hours, eliminate drive-thru voting lanes and ban “solicitation” by officials at the polls.
The Democrats said that this bill is much worse than “Jim Crow” laws. The vote scale at the Senate was 18-13.
CBS Austin reports that the bill “limits postal voting and sideline voting, both of which were extended to many of the state’s largest counties last year as precaution for the COVID pandemic.
“Specifically, SB7 would prohibit clerks from soliciting voters to apply to vote by post, require voters who wish to vote by mail or curbside due to a disability to provide documents from a doctor, Social Security Administration or the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and cut early voting hours by requiring them all to go from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. – a direct response to Harris County opening polling centers until 10 p.m.”
“Passing this particular bill does not say “We the people. The reality is that there is no problem [of voter fraud],” State Senator Royse West said referring that no civil rights organization was consulted when the bill was drafted.
“Senate Bill 7 is the worst voter suppression we’ve seen since Jim Crow, a total attack on the voting rights of disabled Texans and black and Latino voters,” said Texas Democratic Party chairman , Gilberto Hinojosa, reported The Dallas Morning News.”