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Thu Apr 22, 2021, 08:08 AM

Texas GOP Bill to Bar Drive-Thru Voting Advances

AUSTIN, Texas (CN) — Texas state Republican lawmakers Wednesday advanced a bill that would bar drive-thru voting, legislation critics say is aimed at the state’s largest county, a Democratic stronghold where more than 100,000 voters cast ballots from their cars in the November election.

Texas House Bill 4322 aims to change the state Election Code so each polling place has to be inside a building and cannot be in tent, temporary structure, movable structure, parking garage or parking lot facilities primarily designed for motor vehicles. Republicans in the Texas House Elections Committee advanced it with a 5-4 vote along party lines Wednesday.

Then-Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins rolled out drive-thru voting with resounding success for the November elections, as more than 127,000 people cast votes in this manner, with residents of the county seat Houston raving about how easy it was, how it only took 10 to 20 minutes and expressing hope it would be an option for future elections.

During the early-voting period, Republicans unsuccessfully sued in state court to try to shut down Harris County’s drive-thru voting, and lost a challenge in federal court seeking to invalidate 127,000 drive-thru votes cast in the county.

They claimed that although the Texas Election Code limits curbside voting from vehicles only to people who are sick, disabled or whose health would be injured from voting in a polling place, Hollins had used the “pandemic as his pretext” to permit all Harris County registered voters to vote curbside or in drive-thru polls.

https://www.courthousenews.com/texas-gop-bill-to-bar-drive-thru-voting-advances/



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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 09:23 AM

1. This shows "they" know they can't win if they let the people vote and that the demographics in ...

... TX will flip the state blue.

BTW this law will be struck down in court because it is un-Constitutional.

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 09:50 AM

2. Fear Legislation... Republicans legislate their fear and fact they have nothing to offer no one

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 11:09 AM

3. The demographic trends are clear and Texas will become a blue state

To prevent this the Texas republicans have to suppress the vote to keep on getting elected

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 11:22 AM

4. An efficient mailed-ballot election precludes the need for drive-in voting

Just mail out the ballots, and the problem is fixed. Just like that!

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 08:39 PM

6. They're also banning that...

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 12:51 PM

5. K&R for visibility.

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