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.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

JUST IN: Man in his 20s found dead near airport after apparent hit-and-run, Austin police say
JUST IN: Man in his 20s found dead near airport after apparent hit-and-run, Austin police say

A man was found dead after an apparent hit-and-run crash in South Austin near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Wednesday morning, authorities said.  A passerby called Austin police shortly after 7 a.m. to report a dead person on the side of the road in the 3200 block of U.S. 183 South, on the west side of the airport, authorities said...
FORECAST: Afternoon rain possible as heat nears 100; Gulf storm system heading for Texas
FORECAST: Afternoon rain possible as heat nears 100; Gulf storm system heading for Texas

Wednesday forecast for Austin: The Austin area could see some scattered showers in the afternoon as temperatures could hit 100 for the 42nd time this year. The outlook for Wednesday calls mostly sunny skies with a 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 2 p.m. High humidity will continue to intensify summer temperatures, sending heat index readings...
NORTHEAST AUSTIN: 2 injured in school bus crash on U.S. 290 service road
NORTHEAST AUSTIN: 2 injured in school bus crash on U.S. 290 service road

A pickup truck apparently ran a red light before hitting a school bus carrying two students in Northeast Austin on Wednesday morning, an Austin school district spokesperson said. Austin-Travis County EMS medics took the drivers of the bus and the pickup truck to St. David’s Medical Center in Central Austin with injuries that were...
How Powerball manipulated the odds to make another massive jackpot
How Powerball manipulated the odds to make another massive jackpot

At $700 million, Wednesday night's Powerball prize is the second-largest lottery jackpot in its history, and the math is working out in favor of lotto commissions. Two years ago, your chances of becoming an instant millionaire were 1 in roughly 175 million. Now, the odds are 1 in roughly 292 million. Tweaks to the game in October 2015 increased the...
DOWNTOWN GARAGE SUED: Woman files lawsuit after car’s 7-story fall last month 
DOWNTOWN GARAGE SUED: Woman files lawsuit after car’s 7-story fall last month 

The woman whose car plummeted from the seventh floor of a downtown parking garage last month has sued the garage’s owner and its management, alleging they were negligent by not upgrading a cable barrier system that failed to keep the car from going over the edge of the building. Cedar Park resident Christi Bowmer, 49, is asking for more than...
More Stories