Fact check: Who is misinforming who on phantom voter fraud?

Instead of calling a special legislative session to winterize their power plants and pipelines, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott opts to fight phantom voter fraud. He is calling on President Biden to stop denouncing and spreading ‘misinformation’ about a sweeping election reform bill backed by Lone Star State Republicans.

We all need to face reality: Republicans say the measures in the bill – which include ending drive-thru and 24-hour polling places, banning ballot drop boxes, and empowering partisan poll watchers – are designed to ensure the integrity of the vote by preventing voter fraud. But what they fail to say is that ending drive-thru and 24-hour polling places and banning ballot drop boxes will make it harder for anyone (including Democrats and Republicans), especially poor people and minorities, to make their voices heard. They want to make it so hard and inconvenient that they hope people don’t vote at all.

History contradicts this. Selective voter suppression is real. Tens of millions of people voted for Republicans by mail/absentee. I don’t hear them complaining. So who is denouncing easier voting and spreading the misinformation? The Republicans trying to limit voting is just a knee-jerk reaction to Donald’s Big Lie – it serves no real purpose. Just more red tape from a fading party that is being swept away by demographic change. Instead of coming up with new ideas, they just try to change the rules to maintain their power.

Mark Chmielinski

St. Maries

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