GOP lawmakers have been zeroing in on Democratic Houston for tightening voting laws.
A huge voting battle is going on in the country in Texas which would outlaw polling places that are open for 24 hours, and drive-thru voting would also be outlawed. It would also make it illegal for election officers to mail ballot applications of absentees without solicitation.
Basically, everything that Houston did to expand access to the ballot in 2020 when the pandemic made it tough to vote in person would be outlawed.
This is a campaign led by GOP to harden voting laws, Republican lawmakers based in Texas are explicitly targeting Houston and Harris Country to push this campaign which focuses on tightening the voting laws in the state. Harris County is one of the biggest counties in the country and it is also very racially diverse. Harris introduced a lot of ways that people could vote last year, no other county in all of Texas made as much effort as Harris County. There has been no proof that voting fraud happened in the middle of the night or because of drive-thru voting but Republicans are focused on preventing them from being repeated.
This campaign is a very clear example of how the countrywide campaign of the GOP which is focused on tightening voting laws can be used against Democrats even as they say that these measures are not biased. Americans are continuously being sorted into conservative rural areas and liberal urban ones and hence geography could be an effective proxy for partisanship. Proposals that are customized to particular cities or that consider population will have a large impact on voters that are Democratic.
That is most likely the case in Georgia where a new voting law showcases the amount of absentee ballot drop boxes per county and it also uses a formula which is based on the number of voters that are registered or early voting sites. Election officers in Atlanta assume that these new laws could reduce the number of drop boxes that will be available to voters as compared to 2020.
Texas is the largest state where Republicans have promised to introduce voting changes since Former President Trump claimed that there was voting fraud in the 2020 election. House Bill 6 which is a sweeping package that will tighten voting laws is waiting for a full vote and is supported by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
This House Bill includes various measures such as granting more latitude to partisan poll watchers and making it illegal for election officers to mail voting applications to people that did not file a request for them. Harris County did just that last year.
The zeroing in of Harris County which has 5 million citizens with 44 percent being Latino and over 20 percent being Black is considered proof that the Republicans are trying to subdue minority voters in areas where Democrats have a stronghold. Republicans have declined these accusations and said that these measures would simply rein in the authority that county leaders were not allotted any way.