The state of Texas has come so far with the progress it has made to ensure elections are not stolen. Photo Voter ID was a huge step in the right direction as well as upgrades that were made to the electronic equipment that is used for elections. However, Democrat Rodney Ellis wants to bring all of the progress on election integrity to a screeching halt with Senate Bill 990, as he calls it, "a far-reaching and omnibus bill to improve and protect voting rights in Texas."
Senator Ellis claims that these are "common sense election reforms", but what I think he meant was, that these are 'nonsense election reforms' because the things that he is suggesting that we do as a state in this bill are absolute nonsense.
Let's touch on the first bit of nonsense:
- Same-day Voter Registration-Allows qualified citizens to register to vote at a polling place on election day. This will allow otherwise eligible voters to register and vote on election day.
- Section 34 of SB 990 states that "a qualified voter is eligible to vote a late ballot as provided by this chapter if the voter has a sickness or physical condition that prevents the voter from appearing at the polls on election day..."
- Youth Preregistration for Voting-Allows a person to preregister to vote on or after the person's 16th birthday. Mr. Ellis also would like year old children to be allowed to register to vote.
Friends,the game to steal elections is ALWAYS afoot. We must remain vigilant. As Noah Webster once said, "If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted.... If a republic form of government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws."