Texas is ranked 50th in ease of voting. Now, in an attempt to hold on to power (because they know they can not win on a level playing field), Republicans want to make it harder for Texans to vote. Well, they want to make it harder for those who are poor, disabled, and most of all, not white.
Texans already had plenty of obstacles to overcome in order to vote. Texans can not register to vote online. (What century is this?) Last year, many polling places were closed (during a pandemic, when social distancing was necessary) to make it harder for Texans to vote. Most of those polling places, no surprise, were in black and Hispanic neighborhoods. Drop-off ballot boxes were removed.
For those who did manage to obtain a ballot, there was one more dirty trick. Straight-party voting was no longer possible. Republicans didn’t want down-ballot candidates to be impacted by votes against you-know-who.
The line moved very quickly when I voted. Outside of my polling place was one small sign, amidst those for candidates, reminding voters not to stop at their vote for POTUS. They did stop there, it seems. That is why John Cornyn still has a job. The combined vote for both presidential candidates was higher than those for senatorial candidates. Straight-party voting would’ve given us another Dem in the Senate.
Now, Texas Senate Bill (or as it should be known, Republican BS7) would make it even harder to vote. Drive-thru voting would be prohibited. In order to vote by mail, you would need to prove a disability. That means that the disabled, including veterans who may have PTSD and can not function in certain environments, will have to prove they deserve a mail-in ballot. It would also limit early voting.
There is no end to the conniving Republicans will do to stay in power. That’s how they get ya’.