Late Sunday night in Texas, Democrats ignored common order and decided to walk out of a House legislative session on voting protections over disagreements with the hopeful new laws, temporarily forcing Republicans in the House to abandon the legislative session due to a midnight deadline for passing the bill.
Senate Bill 7 is designed to further protect and enhance the Texas system of voting. It includes legislation requiring identification per vote, laws to empower poll watcher rights and protected official voting outlets from Covid era Democratic policies that are more susceptible to potential fraud.
The bill plans to eliminate drive through voting and 24 hour polling centers, which were only introduced last year in precincts like Harris County to meet constructed illusions of necessity about voting during the Covid pandemic. It also increases fines for any violation of the policies, it bans sending out mass applications for mail in voting and further grants additional powers to judges to throw out an election if too much fraud is found in any given area of an election.
To any thinking American citizen, these protections should be understood to be a good thing. Everyone should want their individual vote to matter and be protected to the furthest extent of the law, ensuring that the process is valid and complete.
Yet the usual suspects like CNN and AP News continue to back opposition to voter protection laws using terms like “restrictive” or even more blatantly ridiculous as “racist”, running off yet again with the narrative of victimization.
Democrats in the House decided to act like children and staged a walkout from the House late Sunday night, leaving the session after receiving a text message of encouragement to do so from the Democratic House leader Chris Turner reading, “Take your key and leave the chamber discreetly. Do not go to the gallery. Leave the building”.
Despite the Texas Senate already signing off on the new protections the night before, Democrats did exactly what the text said and walked out from the House.
Republican State Rep. Briscoe Cain, who carried the bill in the house, stated about the event, “I am disappointed that some members decided to break quorum. We all know what that meant. I understand why they were doing it, but we all took an oath to Texans that we would be here to do our jobs”.
In reporting from Newsmax, Texas Governor Greg Abbot tweeted that, “election integrity and bail reform were emergency items for this legislative session. They STILL must pass.” adding further that, “they will be added to the special session agenda”.
At the time, it is unsure as to when they will meet again to ensure that voter protections are enhanced for the future of Texas. Americans do not want fast food election processes, we want a secure election process that those who truly love this country can believe in.
Here’s to hoping those in the Texas House are able to keep the legislation moving forward for the betterment of the people. Many states are joining in maintaining protections for voting, including Georgia and Florida, but all are facing the same types of backlash from Democrats across the spectrum.
Why are Democrats so collectively afraid of common sense vote protections? Perhaps it is because they have something to hide and tools they found useful in the last election that they do not want taken away and corrected.
Republicans must keep pushing forward in every state to enhance these protections and a return to former order in the voting process. It is an absolute necessity, potentially more important than any other possible legislation at this current moment.