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The Future Of Voting In Texas, Part 2

As debate continues and Republicans react to corporate pushback against voting legislation in Texas and Georgia, experts discuss the questions, concerns and points of view surrounding Texas’ voting bills.

FILE – In this July 14, 2020 file photo, a voter, right, shows her identification to a Harris County election clerk before voting, in Houston. Texas Republicans advanced a slate of proposed new voting restrictions Thursday, April 1, 2021, that would reduce options to cast ballots, limit polling hours and hand more power to partisan poll watchers. All those efforts are rolled into a single bill that cleared the GOP-controlled state Senate — a key marker in a campaign by Republicans, including Gov. Greg Abbott, to impose new restrictive measures over elections in America’s biggest red state.

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There's a lot happening with voting in Texas.

The legislation proposed by Republican lawmakers is seen by many as restricting voter access but by its policymakers and supporters as ensuring election integrity.

Corporate pushback to voting legislation in Texas and Georgia has prompted Republican leaders to respond. Today, Governor Greg Abbott refused to throw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opener. He cited Major League Baseball's decision to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta over the passage of Georgia's Election Integrity Act as the reason, saying it adopted "a false narrative about the election law reforms in Georgia."

Today, we continue the discussion on the future of voting in Texas with political science experts, as well as with listeners who call in with their questions and comments.

Guests are:

Bob Stein:

  • Professor of Political Science
  • Fellow in Urban Politics at Rice University's Baker Institute

Andrew Schneider:

  • Politics and Government Reporter for Houston Public Media

Matthew Wilson:

  • Associate Professor of Political Science at Southern Methodist University

Houston Public Media reporter Matt Harab also joins Ernie with reactions to the voting bills by local leaders.

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