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Experts Agree Texas Voting Systems Needs To Be Reformed But Disagree How

An expert from Rice University’s Baker Institute explains how the Republican-led opposition to voting expansion rights may hurt them more at the ballot box than it may hurt Democrats.



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Dr. Catherine Troisi

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Then, the Democrat-led For the People Act also known as bill HR 1, has passed the House in Congress. Its aim is to unify voting systems in every state and to remove barriers to voting by automating voter registration and adding anti-corruption measures such as requiring United States companies to disclose their taxes and super PACs.

Republicans seem united in opposing the bill and it appears that it will be blocked in the Senate with claims that the bill will make voting fraud easier to commit, although proof of election fraud appears to be difficult to prove in court.

However, even if the bill doesn’t pass on the national level, Gov. Greg Abbot has introduced bills to the Texas Legislature that would restrict voting expansions and eliminate drive-through voting.

Our experts weigh in on the potential impact of voting legislation from both the national and local levels.


Bob Stein

  • Professor of Political Science and Fellow in Urban Politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute
  • First Assistant County Attorney to Harris County

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