On Sunday night, Texas Democrats walked out of the state capitol in Austin when state Republicans were on the verge of passing election laws that would ensure safe and fair voting.
ABC 25 in Central Texas reported, “House Democrats collectively walked out Sunday night, effectively making it impossible to give final approval to Senate Bill 7, a top GOP voting bill that would tighten the state’s election laws, before the midnight deadline.”
Governor Gregg Abbott threatened to veto funding for state legislatures’ pay if they did not show up for work in a special session he intends to call for lawmakers to reconvene and pass the voting legislation.
So, what was so egregious that Texas Democrats had no choice but to walk out of the capitol. Obviously, the bill was racist, right?
The Texas Tribune reported, “SB 7 would ban drive-thru voting and the day of 24 hours of uninterrupted early voting… The new provisions include language from separate Republican bills that failed to pass that would set a new voter ID rule for mail-in ballots, requiring voters to provide their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number, if they have one, on their applications for those ballots. For their votes to be counted, voters will be required to include matching information on the envelopes used to return their ballots.”
The bill would also prevent mail-in ballots.
Wow, so racist!
Democrats clearly had to walk out or the state of Texas would return to the bygone era of Jim Crow.
The “voting-law-is-racist” canard is continuingly trotted out by Democrats nationwide, despite a lack of any evidence that voting integrity laws were intended to disenfranchise voters of color, or any American for that matter.
Making voting a safer process to prevent fraud is not tantamount to Jim Crow voting laws, which were in fact legalized racism.
You don’t even need to believe that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump to support laws that make our elections safer, because if we can’t trust that elections are going to be fair, what can you trust?
Many people are going to be discouraged and not vote. If the goal is to get more Americans to vote, this isn’t the way to do it.
No one is having their right to vote “restricted” or “suppressed.” Any American that follows the law can vote, and it is insulting to minorities to suggest they are incapable of following the voting procedure.
Just like white voters, minority voters own cars and are capable of going to the polls. They are capable of voting on days that aren’t Sunday because they are not incapable of understanding how to vote. And they can easily obtain voter IDs. In fact, the overwhelming majority of minority citizens have driver’s licenses, social security cards, or other forms of accepted ID because they’re perfectly functional adults living in the 21st Century.
It seems that the only logical conclusion is that the Democrats are exploiting the election procedures that were carried out in the 2020 election, so they are labeling those who want to rein in the absurd voting process—which they usurped from the state legislatures in 2020— racist, so as to intimidate Republicans from passing election integrity laws.
And Democrats will do anything, including walking out of the Texas state capitol, to get their way. For them, the ends always justify the means.