The state of Georgia invited the wrath of Democrats, President Joe Biden, and “woke” corporations like Delta Airlines and Major League Baseball by passing an election integrity law that those on the left likened to legislation from the Jim Crow era. Now, it seems Texas is following the Peach State’s footsteps.
The state Senate in Texas passed an election reform bill Thursday that Republican state lawmaker Bryan Hughes says will make it “easy to vote and hard to cheat,” the Washington Examiner reported.
The bill, called SB 7, passed the GOP-dominated legislature in an 18–13 vote.
Election integrity and “the public’s faith”
According to the Examiner, the bill would ban drive-thru voting and sending mail-in ballot applications to voters unsolicited.
It also rolls back expansions to early voting that went into effect in some counties for the 2020 election, and requires voters with a disability to provide proof from the Social Security Administration, a doctor, or Veterans’ Affairs.
“SB 7 will strengthen the public’s faith in our electoral process and ensure that every Texan knows that when they cast their ballot, their vote is secure,” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said, according to the Examiner.
Republicans in many states are pushing for strict voting laws after the free-for-all that was the 2020 race, which saw an avalanche of mail-in ballots after unilateral and often dubiously legal changes to voting procedure, putatively because of the coronavirus.
Georgia became the latest battleground in America’s culture war when Republicans passed a law strengthening election integrity, such as by requiring ID for absentee ballots, as Politico reported.
Woke corporations turn up the heat
President Biden has aggressively lied about Georgia’s new law, saying falsely on numerous occasions that it forces the polls to close at 5 p.m. while invoking dramatic comparisons to “Jim Crow on steroids.”
On Friday, Major League Baseball announced it would pull its All-Star Game out of Atlanta, prompting calls from Donald Trump to boycott MLB, as well as Coca-Cola, Delta, and other “woke” companies that have intervened in Georgia on the side of Democrats, as Axios notes.
Right on time, major corporations with ties to Texas like Dell and American Airlines have started beating the woke drum as well. “To make American’s stance clear: We are strongly opposed to this bill and others like it,” the airline said, according to CNBC.
Patrick has said that “Texans are fed up with corporations that don’t share our values trying to dictate public policy.”