Senator Bryan Hughes, a Republican from northeastern Texas who sponsored the State Senate invoice, defended it as a part of an extended effort to strengthen “election safety” in Texas.
“I understand there’s an enormous nationwide debate now, and perhaps we’re getting sucked into that, however this isn’t one thing new to Texas,” Mr. Hughes stated in an interview. He stated that lawmakers have been in search of to roll again mail voting entry as a result of that course of was extra vulnerable to fraud. He provided no proof, and quite a few research have proven that voter fraud in the USA is exceptionally uncommon.
Mr. Hughes stated that the proposed ban on drive-through voting stemmed from the problem of getting entry for partisan ballot watchers on the places and that 24-hour voting was problematic as a result of it was troublesome to seek out ballot watchers for in a single day shifts.
However many citizens in Harris County, whose inhabitants of 4.7 million ranks third within the nation and is larger than 25 states’, see a special motive.
Kristie Osi-Shackelford, a fancy dress designer from Houston who was working short-term jobs throughout the pandemic to assist assist her household, used 24-hour voting as a result of it provided her the pliability she wanted as she juggled work and elevating her three kids. She stated that it had taken her lower than 10 minutes.
“I’m certain there are individuals who might not have gotten to vote within the final couple of elections, however that they had the chance at evening, and it’s sort of unhappy that the powers that be really feel like that must be taken away with the intention to, quote unquote, shield election integrity,” Ms. Osi-Shackelford stated. “And I struggled to seek out phrases, as a result of it’s so irritating, and I’m drained. I’m uninterested in listening to the identical stuff and seeing the identical stuff so blatantly time and again for years.”
Brittany Hyman, 35, was eight months pregnant as Election Day was drawing close to and was additionally elevating a 4-year-old. Scared of Covid-19 but additionally of the sheer logistics of navigating a line on the polls, Ms. Hyman voted at one of many drive-through places.