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Texas Officials are Debating Law that Might Make Voting Illegally a Crime

Regardless of the absence of proof of massive voter scams in Texas, Republican senators in the Texas Senate are committed to increasing the penalties for voting illegally from a felony to a second-degree felony. The initiative comes almost 2 years after the Legislature approved Senate Bill 1, a general voting measure, which reduced the seriousness of such offenses to a felony and then almost quickly started considering raising the penalties once more.

As per experts in public policy, Senate Bill 2, introduced on Tuesday by state senator Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, will also affect the criteria used to decide whether or not someone planned to vote illegally.

According to the law passed under SB 1, it is illegal for someone to “knowingly or purposefully” vote in an election during which they “know they are not eligible” to do so or try to do so. An individual who votes or seeks to vote in an election if “the individual knows of a specific situation that makes the individual not eligible to vote” may be charged, according to Hughes’ new law.

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