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Texas unveils bills to prevent election fraud

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 13: A poll worker stamps a voters ballot before dropping it into a secure box at a ballot drop off location on October 13, 2020 in Austin, Texas. The first day of voting saw voters waiting hours in line to cast their votes. Gov. Greg Abbott announced earlier this year that he would expand early voting for the election beginning on Oct. 13. Mail in voting began on Oct. 8 and has been part of a legal battle after Gov. Abbott declared each county may only have 1 mail in ballot drop off center, the ruling was later struck down in federal court but then the decision was upheld when a stay was ruled in the overturning. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 13: A poll worker stamps a voters ballot before dropping it into a secure box at a ballot drop off location on October 13, 2020 in Austin, Texas. The first day of voting saw voters waiting hours in line to cast their votes. Gov. Greg Abbott announced earlier this year that he would expand early voting for the election beginning on Oct. 13. Mail in voting began on Oct. 8 and has been part of a legal battle after Gov. Abbott declared each county may only have 1 mail in ballot drop off center, the ruling was later struck down in federal court but then the decision was upheld when a stay was ruled in the overturning. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 13: A poll worker stamped a ballot before dropping it at ballot drop off location on October 13, 2020 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Sergio Flores/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:20 PM PT – Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The state of Texas is taking decisive steps to prevent fraud and manipulations in its elections. On Tuesday, the Republican Party of Texas unveiled a series of bills to tighten requirements for voter ID, limit early voting and outlaw the universal mail-in ballots.

The bills are backed by Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) and the GOP majority in the state legislature.

Texas Republicans cited numerous violations in Harris County, where local officials sent out ballots to everyone and then allowed drive-through voting.

Abbott said proven cases of voter fraud were somehow favoring the Democrat Party.

“This last election we saw poll watchers being denied the ability to do their job,” Abbott stated. “What we have found in the past, there have been some local elections, the outcome of which was altered by election fraud that took place.”

Abbott also refuted Democrat claims of so-called “voter suppression.” He said a record high number of people voted in Texas last year, and all legal votes were counted properly and on time.

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