Texas House gives initial approval to law increasing penalties for mail-in ballot fraud

Texas House gives initial approval to law increasing penalties for mail-in ballot fraud

James Barragán, State government reporter

AUSTIN — The Texas House gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill that would increase penalties for mail-in election crimes.Senate Bill 5 by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, was approved by a vote of 90-37 despite vociferous opposition from House Democrats who spent hours trying to amend and kill the bill. The House needs to approve the bill one more time before it can go back to the Senate for a final vote, after which it could head to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

Abbott, who has promised to fight voter fraud, made it one of his priorities for the special legislative session. The issue received little attention during the regular session, despite being the primary way experts believe voter fraud occurs. But it gained traction after allegations of mail-in ballot fraud in West Dallas and Grand Prairie this spring

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