Texas Senate approves audits of 2020 results and tougher illegal voting penalties

Reversing their own action from less than two months ago, Republicans in the Texas Senate advanced legislation Tuesday to increase the criminal penalties for illegal voting. And in a search for an avenue to scrutinize the outcome of the 2020 election, they also advanced a bill that would clear the way for party officials to trigger county audits. Both moves reflect the Texas GOP’s determination to press forward with efforts to tighten the state’s voting laws, despite the absence of any evidence of widespread fraud or irregularities. And despite the Senate’s efforts, both measures could stall out after clearing the chamber. Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune. 

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