Texas Passes Major Voting Bill Before Cutting Off Legislative Funding After Democrat Walkout

A battle is being waged for the future of democracy in the United States and some courageous Republicans, like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, are at the front lines in the fight to stop Democrats from making our voting process a joke.

On Wednesday the governor signed a bill into law in his state that would place restrictions on addresses that can be used for voting to prevent ineligible voters from illegally voting in the state. But the progressive leaning Democracy Docket was not happy about it.

“Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed Senate Bill 1111 on Wednesday. The bill, passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature at the end of their session last month, imposes new limits on what type of addresses voters can use to register to vote and allows county officials to require additional verification if they suspect a voter’s registered address is not where they reside,” it said.

“The law states that voters cannot register to vote using any address where they do not live full-time — and that they “may not establish residence for the purpose of influencing the outcome of a certain election.” If a voter is suspected of registering with an invalid address, a city official can now require additional verification documents from the voter — but only a handful of residency documents are accepted, and none can be sent back to the county via a P.O. box. These arbitrary new barriers will restrict ballot access for voters who move around a lot, students and homeless voters who often utilize the P.O. boxes of churches and other organizations to register to vote,” the publication said. “And, the provision that voters may not establish residence with the intent to vote adds unnecessary, vague and confusing restrictions for young and first-time voters who legally register in the place they attend school or where they have recently moved.

“SB 1111 is one of many smaller voter suppression bills that Texas Republicans pushed through as they continue to fight for Senate Bill 7, an omnibus suppression bill that was blocked by a Democratic walkout last month,” it said.

Naturally it insists that verifying people live where they say they live before they can vote is somehow “voter suppression” and not fraud suppression.

And this week Gov. Abbott followed through on his threat to end funding for the legislature after Democrats walked out, stopping a vote on the SB7 voting bill, The Texas Tribune reported.

Gov. Greg Abbott followed through Friday on a threat to veto a section of the state budget that funds the Texas Legislature, its staffers and legislative agencies.

The governor’s move targeting lawmaker pay comes after House Democrats walked out in the final days of the regular legislative session, breaking quorum, to block passage of Senate Bill 7, Abbott’s priority elections bill that would have overhauled voting rights in the state. The move also killed bail legislation that Abbott had earmarked as a priority.

The governor said that “funding should not be provided for those who quit their job early, leaving their state with unfinished business and exposing taxpayers to higher costs for an additional legislative session.”

“I therefore object to and disapprove of these appropriations,” he said.

The decision infuriated the House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner who said it was  an “abuse of power” and vowed that his caucus “is exploring every option, including immediate legal options, to fight back.”

“Texas has a governor, not a dictator,” he said. “The tyrannical veto of the legislative branch is the latest indication that [Abbott] is simply out of control.”

Even Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan was concerned that the decision could affect the staff getting paid.

“I’m just concerned how it impacts them because they weren’t the ones who decided that we were going to break quorum, it wasn’t their decision, right?,” he said.

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