May 12, 2019      9:12 PM
Updated: Voting rights fight could roil end of Texas legislative session
A committee sub is being circulated tonight and is slated for a hearing Wednesday; Sen. Hughes says a paper backup for electronic voting is key, others in the GOP say “we should make it easy to vote, hard to cheat.”
Editor’s note: Chair Klick says the bill will be heard Wednesday morning in her committee. For clarification, an earlier report suggested the bill might be heard on Monday but that is incorrect. A
copy of the committee sub can be downloaded at the end of this story – SB
as Texas retreats from a voting rights fight in federal court in San Antonio
over the way embattled Secretary of State David
Whitley handled the rollout of a botched voter purge, Senate Bill 9 by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R- Mineola, has the
potential to inflame the situation if it gains any traction in the House
during the closing weeks of the session.
bill would increase the criminal penalty of forging a ballot from a Class A
misdemeanor to a state jail felony, something that voting rights groups say
would have a negative impact on turnout.
By Andrew Turner