Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is about to signal the the state’s controversial election integrity invoice Tuesday after a months-long battle with Democrats against the laws.
Abbott will travel to Tyler, Texas on Tuesday to sign SB 1, an election safety invoice that may set new guidelines for mail-in voting whereas growing the variety of partisan ballot watchers and giving the state extra management of native voting operations.
Abbott’s signature will come after a long battle with Democrats who opposed the laws, which included some lawmakers fleeing the state in a determined try to dam the legislation from being handed.
These efforts got here to an finish final week after the Texas Home handed the invoice 80-41, with the Texas Senate voting 19-13 in favor of the brand new legislation. Each votes have been nearly fully alongside celebration traces.
The governor signaled his intention to signal the laws shortly after it handed within the legislature.
“Senate Invoice 1 will solidify belief and confidence within the consequence of our elections by making it simpler to vote and tougher to cheat. I stay up for signing Senate Invoice 1 into legislation, making certain election integrity in Texas,” Abbott stated in an announcement.
Republicans have argued the invoice is a mandatory step to place a cease to voter fraud within the state and enhance voter confidence within the integrity of elections.
“How a lot fraud is okay? None. How a lot suppression is okay? None,” stated GOP State Sen. Bryan Hughes of the laws. “That is why Senate Invoice 1 makes it simple to vote and exhausting to cheat.”
However Democrats declare that there is no such thing as a proof to help the notion that widespread voter fraud is an issue within the state.
“I fear that this invoice goes to take our state down a really harmful slippery slope. And I feel that this narrative is harmful, this narrative that there is widespread fraud with no proof. I feel it is damaging to our democracy,” Democratic State Sen. Cesar Blanco argued.