Un borrador del proyecto de ley se distribuyó en la Cámara de Representantes y el Senado del estado el sábado., y se espera que la legislatura apruebe la legislación y la envíe al GOP Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk shortly.
The bill would ban drive-thru voting and 24-hour voting and would require voters to request absentee ballots rather than allowing election officials to send applications to all voters, and curtail the use of drop boxes. It sets early voting hours from 6 soy. a 9 pm.
“Es parte de un ataque a la democracia que hemos visto con demasiada frecuencia este año, y que a menudo se dirige de manera desproporcionada a los estadounidenses de raza negra y morena.,” Biden dijo en un comunicado. “It’s wrong and un-American.”
He called on Congress to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, two Democrat-led voting bills that seek to expand voting access, particularly to minority communities.
It would also ban using temporary structures as a voting facility and would strengthen access for poll observers. It also imposes new penalties for poll workers who violate rules in a way that is deemed to interfere with the voting process.
Texas is one of a number of Republican-led states including Arizona, Georgia and Florida that has moved to enact voting restrictions in light of the 2020 elección. But unlike some other states where results were contested, former President Trump won Texas handily.
El autor del proyecto de ley, representante estatal. Briscoe Caín, Parque R-Deer, dijo que la legislación ayudaría a proteger a los votantes y prevenir futuros delitos electorales. He said it wasn’t in response to the 2020 elecciones, que él consideró justos.
“The Constitution commands the legislature to pass legislation to attack fraud and to preserve the purity of the ballot box, and I’ve seen a lot of polling suggesting the trust in our elections process is down,” él dijo, de acuerdo a ZORRO 4 of Dallas/Fort Worth.
But some groups argue the bill targets people of color and the disabled.
“SB 7 is a ruthless piece of legislation. It targets voters of color and voters with disabilities, in a state that’s already the most difficult place to vote in the country,” Sarah Labowitz, política & advocacy director of the ACLU of Texas, dijo en un comunicado. ” The defining message of the 2021 Texas legislature is clear: Political leaders chose to punish their constituents instead of fixing the electrical grid or providing pandemic or blackout relief.”