Picture: Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle / Employees Photographer
The argument over Harris County’s expanded voting hours has reached the Texas Legislature.
Texas Rep. Jared Patterson (R-Frisco) filed a invoice Thursday that might prohibit polling hours throughout early voting to between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
The invoice is a direct response to Harris County’s voting enlargement for the 2020 election. Harris County opened seven voting places for over 24 hours as a part of the hassle to develop voting entry in the course of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“Momma all the time mentioned nothing good occurs after midnight,” Patterson tweeted after submitting the invoice. “That features at polling locations. I filed HB 2293 due to irregularities in Harris County polling hours of operation and the chance for voter fraud when nobody is wanting.”
There was no proof of widespread voting irregularities in Harris County. Lawyer Basic Ken Paxton’s beefed-up voter fraud investigation unit resolved solely 16 circumstances of fraud, all in Harris County and all involving false addresses, the Houston Chronicle’s Taylor Goldenstein reported final yr.
Harris County broke its all-time voting file in 2020. Greater than 10,000 individuals voted in a single day Oct. 29-30, together with myself – from those that got here late for the novelty to those that have hassle discovering a time to vote in any other case – Houston Chronicle’s Alejandro Serrano and Dug Begley reported.
This is not the primary problem to Harris County’s polling enlargement final yr. In response to the county providing drive-thru voting, Republicans filed a lawsuit with the Texas Supreme Courtroom alleging that the votes solid in automobiles had been unlawful. A federal decide finally rejected the problem.
If handed, HB 2293 would take impact on Sept. 21.