Senate approval sends mail-in voter fraud bill to governor


The Texas Senate gave final approval Friday to a bill to increase criminal penalties on mail-in ballot fraud, sending Senate Bill 5 to Gov. Greg Abbott.

All Republicans and one Democrat — Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville — voted to accept changes the House had made to the bill, although Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, said she was unhappy that a House-added amendment will void a law that would have made it easier for nursing home residents to vote.

Democrats said they feared the bill would criminalize kitchen-table conversations about candidates that take place while the mail-in ballot is being filled out, but the bill’s author, Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, said senior citizens and people with disabilities deserve the same protection from potential influence as people who vote at polling places.



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