President Joe Biden calls restrictive Texas voting bill an ‘assault on democracy’
President Joe Biden over the weekend criticized the recent effort by Republicans in Texas to restrict the vote as “un-American,” arguing that the state Senate is seeking to join other states led by the GOP using trumped-up claims of widespread electoral fraud to make it harder for people of color and low-income Americans to vote.
State Senate Bill 7, passed on Sunday, calls for a ban on drive-thru voting and 24-hour voting – used in 2020 by about 140,000 voters in Harris County, which includes Houston, reported CBS News. The bill also strengthens the rules on absentee voting and voter identification.
If approved by Gov. Greg Abbott, the law would make it a crime for local or state election officials to send mail-in ballot requests to voters who have not specifically requested them – another practice implemented by Harris County during the COVID-19 pandemic. The county is made up of nearly 44% of Latin American descendants and 20% of blacks, according to US census data.
âIt’s part of an assault on democracy we’ve seen too often this year – and often disproportionately targeting black and brown Americans,â Biden said of the Texas bill. âThis is false and not American. In the 21st century, we should make it easier, not more difficult, for every eligible voter to vote. “
Biden reiterated a call for Congress to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would strengthen ethics and campaign finance laws, create automatic voter registration, and expand voting rights. early and absent voting access that millions of Americans of both. people relied on during the pandemic. Biden added that he continued “to call on all Americans, of all parties and beliefs, to stand up for our democracy and protect the right to vote and the integrity of our elections.”
Former President Donald Trump – who has repeatedly alleged that electoral fraud and widespread irregularities impacted the race without providing evidence – beat Biden by about 631,000 votes in Texas in November, by a margin of 5, 6% from her 9-point victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. in 2016.
Biden won 306 Electoral College votes to Trump’s 232, and Biden won the national popular vote by more than 7 million votes, toppling several key states on the battlefield.
Lawmakers in the Republican states of Georgia, Florida and dozens of other states have since advanced restrictive voting laws to limit absentee voting, ballot boxes or early voting in the wake of Trump’s repeated claims that the House Blanche had been stolen. The allegations contributed to Trump’s second indictment on charges that he instigated a host of his supporters to attack the U.S. Capitol – a deadly and unsuccessful attempt to prevent a joint session of Congress from certifying Biden’s victory on the January 6.
In the face of criticism from Democrats and franchise advocates who say state and local authorities cannot report widespread fraud in the state, Texas State Representative Briscoe Cain, chairman of the House Elections Committee , said earlier this month that the bill “would protect every voter.” in Texas.”
Supporters argue that the bill extends penalties for election violations, protects the rights of election observers and prohibits the harvesting of paid votes.
Cain asserted that the measure ensures “that we have an equal and uniform application of our electoral code and that we protect people from being exploited.” We don’t need to wait for bad things to happen to try to protect and secure these elections. “
Abbott said last week: âWe need to be confident in the outcome of our election. This is why electoral integrity is an urgent element of this session. “
Local, state and federal election officials from the two main parties – from city clerks and county councils to secretaries of state and judges appointed by Trump himself – say no widespread fraud or irregularity affected the race in the 2020 presidential election.
Trump’s own homeland security experts called the election “the safest in US history” and said they found no evidence that pollsters had been tampered with, a frequent false claim broadcast by Trump lawyers, Republican politicians, and social media freaks. Trump’s own attorney general William Barr said the Justice Department investigated and found no evidence of widespread fraud.
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