Election Bill Bait-and-Switch: Texas Lawmakers Lower Penalties for Voter Fraud

As election integrity advocates celebrate the passage of major legislation to improve voting security in Texas, one conservative group took a closer look at the final bill and found a major problem: It actually weakens penalties for voter fraud.

On Monday, Grassroots America – We The People tweeted their discovery that Senate Bill 1, Texas Republicans’ signature election integrity measure, lowered the penalty for illegal voting offenses from second-degree felonies to Class A misdemeanors:

Lower penalties for voter fraud is the exact opposite of what Republican grassroots and other election integrity advocates told lawmakers they wanted.

So, how did this happen?
The short answer is that Republican lawmakers allowed it to happen.
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