Texas Democrat Lawmakers Walked Off House Floor To Block Voting Of SB 7
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Texas Democrat lawmakers have temporarily blocked Republicans’ new voting restrictions bill, SB 7, late Sunday when they walked off the House floor to prevent a vote. CBS News correspondent Christina Ruffini joins CBSN’s Nancy Chen with details on what’s in the bill, in the video published on May 31, 2021, “Texas Democrats temporarily block new voting restrictions bill“, below:
To read the Texas Senate Bill 7, please click HERE.
Texas Senate Bill 7 has remained controversial as new voting restrictions remain at the center of the legislation, in the video published on May 31, 2021, “Texas Democrats walk off House floor to block voting bill before final deadline“, below:
In the video published on May 31, 2021, “Texas Democrats Stall Controversial Restrictive Voting Bill“, below:
State Representative Chris Turner (D) texted other law makers, “Members take your keys and leave the chamber discretely. Do not go to the gallery. Leave the building.” to walk off the floor on Sunday, preventing the voting on SB 7 midnight deadline.
Representative Turner said, in italics, “They were prepared to cut us off and try to silence us. We were not going to let them do that. And that’s why Democrats are using the last tool available to us: we deny them the quorum that they need to pass this bill. We killed that bill!”
On one hand the Democrats call this bill Voter Suppression, and on the other hand the Republicans call it Election Integrity.
It is not over yet. Texas Governor Greg Abbott texted last night, at 10:45 PM, in italics, “Election Integrity & Bail Reform were emergency items for the legislative session. They STILL must pass. They will be added to the special session agenda. Legislators will be expected to have worked out the details when they arrive at the Capitol for the special session.”
Proposed Voting Changes In Texas in SB 7, below:
- Ban drive-thru and 24-hour voting
- Step up felony & misdemeanor penalties
- Make sending unsolicited voter registration & absentee ballot forms illegal
- Add new voter ID requirements for absentee ballots
- Limit polling hours – delaying start until 1 PM on Sundays
Republicans in Texas will cast their vote on changes to voting laws by midnight tonight. Some of the proposed changes include ending drive-thru and 24-hour voting, requiring proof of identity for absentee voting, and would make it easier for a judge to overturn election results without proof of fraud, in the video published on May 30, 2021, “Texas Republicans Move Closer To New Voting Restrictions“, below:
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