April 1, 2021      3:22 PM
HB 6 redux as Texas House Elections Committee hears election bill
After last week’s debacle in committee, Rep. Clardy takes gavel instead of Vice Chair Gonzalez as Cain defends election law changes
House Bill 6 would change the election code
in different ways, primarily by beefing up enforcement of current laws and create
several new election fraud-related crimes. Among the bill’s provisions are
increasing protections for partisan poll watchers and making it a crime for
interfering with their duties barring local officials from sending vote-by-mail
applications unless the voter requests one; and requiring people to fill out
documentation if they help another person vote who has a disability or cannot
fill out a ballot.
Cain’s second time to lay out the bill was much less rocky
in large part because everything had been staged up differently.
Instead of Vice Chair Jessica González, D-Dallas, presiding
as Cain laid out his bill, Rep. Travis Clardy, R- Nacogdoches, instead
held the gavel.
By James Russell