Democrat Who Fled Texas: 'The End Game Is to Actually Move the Senate,' Scrap the Filibuster

Susan Jones | July 13, 2021 | 8:36am EDT
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Texas State Rep. Jasmine Crockett is among the Democrats who fled to D.C. to block a voting integrity bill pending in a special session of the Texas Legislature. (Photo: Screen capture)
Texas State Rep. Jasmine Crockett is among the Democrats who fled to D.C. to block a voting integrity bill pending in a special session of the Texas Legislature. (Photo: Screen capture)

( - Texas State Rep. Jasmine Crockett is among the Democrat lawmakers who fled the Lone Star State on Monday to block the advance of a voting bill by denying Republicans the quorum they need to pass it in a special session of the legislature.

But the Texas Democrats' escape to Washington, D.C., isn't just about alleged voter "suppression." It's really about pressing Washington Democrats to end the 60-vote Senate filibuster, so the Democrat-controlled Congress can pass voting "rights" legislation of their own, along with the rest of the Biden administration's multi-trillion-dollar agenda.

"The end game is to actually move the Senate," Crockett told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

As you can see, our governor is being very aggressive, so is our House and Texas Senate, they're all Republican controlled. Just the opposite of D.C., (where) we have a Democratic controlled House, Senate and White House.

We're asking for that level of aggression to do good because right now the Republicans in Texas are doing everything that they can to do bad. So we want that backup.

Historically, Texas always gets in trouble. By the time they pass a law, they are determined to be intentionally discriminatory. And so we don't have that backup right now. We're impressing upon D.C. to do their part to give us backup. That way, once they pass this intentionally discriminatory bill, we know that we can have those portions struck down.

Democrats, including President Joe Biden, are determined to pass legislation that would federalize elections, which states now control.

Among other things, their priority bill -- which has passed the House but not the Senate -- would eliminate safeguards that states such as Texas hope to pass to prevent cheating.

Here’s some of what the U.S. Senate bill would do, according to Democrats themselves:

-- Requires each state to make available online voter registration, correction, cancellation and designation of party affiliation.

-- Prohibits states from requiring applicants to provide more than the last 4 digits of a Social Security number.

-- Requires chief state election officials to automatically register to vote any eligible unregistered citizens, while protecting from prosecution ineligible voters mistakenly registered.

-- Requires states to permit voters to register on the day of a federal election, including during early voting.

-- Limits the authority of states to remove registrants from the official list of eligible voters in elections for federal office in the state based on interstate voter registration crosschecks.

-- Makes it unlawful to hinder, interfere or prevent an individual from registering to vote.

-- Requires states to promote access to voter registration and voting for persons with disabilities and older individuals. Funds grants to improve voting accessibility for persons with disabilities and creates a pilot program to allow persons with disabilities to register and vote from home.

-- Prohibits the use of returned non-forwardable mail as the basis for removing registered voters from the rolls. Prohibits challenges to eligibility from individuals who are not election officials without an oath of good faith factual basis.

-- Prohibits providing false information about elections to hinder or discourage voting and increases penalties for voter intimidation. Prescribes sentencing guidelines for those individuals found guilty of such deceptive practices.

-- Declares the right of citizens to vote in federal elections will not be denied because of a criminal conviction unless a citizen is serving a felony sentence in a correctional facility. Requires states and the federal government to notify individuals convicted of state or federal felonies, respectively, of their reenfranchisement.

-- Requires states to use individual, durable, voter-verified paper ballots and that said ballots are counted by hand or an optical character recognition device. Provides the voter an opportunity to correct ballot should a mistake be made and requires that ballots are not preserved in any manner that makes it possible to associate a voter to the ballot.

-- Requires that provisional ballots from eligible voters at incorrect polling places be counted.

-- Requires at least 15 consecutive days of early voting for federal elections. Requires that early voting locations be near public transportation, in rural areas and open for at least 10 hours per day.

-- Prohibits a state from imposing restrictions on an individual’s ability to vote by mail.

-- Requires states to carry out a program to track and confirm the receipt of absentee ballots and makes this information available to the voter who cast the ballot.

-- Requires the prepayment of postage on return envelopes for voting materials, which includes any voter registration form, any application for an absentee ballot, and any blank absentee ballot transmitted by mail.

-- Requires states to send absentee ballots at least 45 days before an election and allows civil penalty for failure.

-- Requires states to notify an individual, not later than 7 seven days before election, if the individual’s polling place has changed.

-- Requires states to allow voters to sign sworn affidavits to vote in lieu of presenting photo ID.

-- Provides accommodations for voters residing in Indian lands.

-- Ensures equitable and efficient operation of polling places, reducing long lines and wait times for voters.

-- Requires states to provide secured drop boxes for voted absentee ballots in elections for federal office.

--Prohibits states from restricting curbside voting.

--Imposes requirements for federal election contingency plans in response to natural disasters and emergencies.

(You can read the entire list of provisions here.)

Republican and conservative opponents of the bill say it would make it easier for voters and political partisans to cheat.

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