Here’s what is actually in the Texas election bills Democrats keep comparing to Jim Crow

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**COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER:  To read the engrossed versions of Texas Special Session SB 1 and HB 3, please go to these links:

Special Session SB 1: https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=871&Bill=SB1

Special Session HB 3: https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=871&Bill=HB3

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“Here’s what is actually in the Texas election bills Democrats keep comparing to Jim Crow”

By Lucas Manfredi – Fox News

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/texas-election-bills-what-to-know

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What’s in Senate Bill 1?

Under Senate Bill 1’s provisions, a ban would be implemented on drive-thru voting or casting a ballot from inside a vehicle unless participating in curbside voting due to a disability.

A ban would also be placed on overnight voting, requiring polls to be open a minimum of nine hours from between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Election officials would also be required to install a video surveillance system that records vote-counting activities, with a livestream made available to the public in counties with 100,000 residents or more. Those in large counties would also be required to install tracking software to monitor “all input and activity” on electronic devices used to count votes.

Beginning January 1, 2024, equipment that does not disable or remove any wireless connectivity capability would be prohibited from use in tabulating votes.

SB 1 would also allow partisan poll watchers to observe election activity inside polling places and vote-counting centers as well as during curbside voting that takes place inside a vehicle. It would also make it a crime to deny access to a poll watcher. 

In addition, voters would be required to include a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number on a vote-by-mail application and the envelope containing their ballot.

Individuals who help voters cast their ballot, due to language or physical needs, must fill out a document listing their name, address, relationship to the voter, and whether they’re being paid by a candidate or political committee.

Those who drive three or more people to the polls would also be required to fill out a similar form unless all vehicle occupants are family members.

The secretary of state will also be required to work with the Department of Public Safety to provide data on a monthly basis from the existing statewide computerized voter registration list to be used for verification of citizenship status on voter registration applications…

What’s in House Bill 3?

House Bill 3 includes many of the same provisions as SB 1. In addition, it would make it a crime for public officials to offer or send vote-by-mail applications to those who have not requested one…

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