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Democrats have officially thrown a hissy fit in response to Texas’ prospective election security law. They stormed off the Texas House floor, denying a vote on the measure last night. The move also ends the current legislative session.
Of course, if you were to ask your average Democrat what is so objectionable about the law, they’d have no answer because it’s not objectionable. Its main factors include things like standardizing mail-in and drive-through voting procedures that were adopted during the pandemic. Democrats oppose doing that because they apparently believe living in a perpetual state of emergency when it comes to voting measures benefits them electorally.
This is another in a line of voting reform laws in Republican-held states that have drawn the irrational ire of the left. Georgia has been the most talked-about even though the law was relatively mundane and actually expanded voting opportunities compared to pre-pandemic measures. Other states like Florida and Mississippi also passed measures.
Fortunately, Gov. Greg Abbott was ready to deliver the proper response to this attempt at obstruction. He’s going to be calling a special session soon which can not be ended simply because the minority party walks out.
#UPDATE @GovAbbott issues statement acknowledging a special session will be needed to pass SB 7, elections integrity bill & HB 20, bail reform bill. He didn’t give timetable but last week said in Fort Worth if there were a special session he would call 1 issue at a time. @CBSDFW pic.twitter.com/VHg72vpGsv
— Jack Fink (@cbs11jack) May 31, 2021
This law will eventually be put on Abbott’s desk, and he will sign it. It’s just a matter of the timing at this point. There is no reason for it not to proceed, especially when Republicans have firm control of the legislatures.
There’s also a lot of irony in the left-wing response to this. The same people decrying the “tyranny of the minority” and demanding the filibuster be blown up at the federal level are suddenly really happy to see a minority party grind the legislative process to a halt in Texas. Weird, right?
After 2020’s cluster of a voting system, pieced together via emergency orders, last-minute changes, and even some arguably illegal moves, Republicans are not going to sit idly by and let this be the new normal in their states. It’s that simple. Abbott should call the special session as soon as possible and get this done.