The Republican-controlled legislature in Georgia passed new voter suppression measures aimed at minority voters a few weeks ago under to the guise of protecting against voter fraud. If that’s really what it was about, they wouldn’t have included measures such as criminalizing handing out bottles of water to people standing in long lines to vote. The Texas legislature said “hold my beer” and is poised to pass the onerous Senate Bill 7, which includes a provision to make it harder for the disabled to vote by mail by requiring that they provide a note from their doctor declaring them disabled, and therefore worthy of a mail in ballot. That was until a last minute amendment to strike that language sponsored by Senator Judith Zaffirini (D) was passed. None of the other amendments to remove restrictions or clarify language were accepted in the bill to pass the Senate on a party line vote.
While Republicans claim the bill is fair and applies equally to everyone, in reality several provisions in SB 7 focus on increased voting regulations in only urban areas. There are restrictions specifically targeting Harris County, where Democrats have won nearly all seats in local and state offices recently. The legislation also sets specific rules for the distribution of polling places in only the handful of counties with a population of at least 1 million, most of which are either under Democratic control or won by Democrats in recent national and statewide elections.