Less than a month after signing bill that would lower the penalty for illegal voting, Texas Governor Greg Abbott calls for tougher sentences

In this file photo from Wednesday, March 17, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks at a press conference about detention of migrant children in Dallas. Associated Press/LM Otero

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called for tougher penalties for illegal voting, less than a month after signing a bill lowering the penalty. Texas Tribune reported.

Abbott said on Thursday that he sent a message to the secretary of the Senate with a request to increase the penalty for illegal voting after it was reduced in Senate proposal 1.

“The state of Texas has made tremendous strides in maintaining the integrity of our elections,” Abbott said in a statement a press release. “By increasing penalties for illegal voting, we will send an even clearer signal that voter fraud is not tolerated in Texas.”

Abbott Signed Controversial Voting Bill on September 7 extended early voting hours for most people and put in place new rules for absentee voting. The account also reduced the penalty for illegally voting from a second-degree felony to a Class A felony.

A second-degree felony can be punished with up to 20 years in prison, while a class A felony can be punished with up to one year in prison or a fine, according to the Texas Penal Code.

In a tweetsaid Lt. gov. Dan Patrick that the State Senate will pass a bill next week that will increase the sentence. Patrick said the House amended the bill at the last minute to include the reduced sentence and it “went under the radar” until he, Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton found it and “agreed it should be corrected.” had to be”.

The Tribune reported that the amendment was made by State Representative Steve Allison, a Republican, and that the bill passed both the House and Senate.

While the secretary of state’s office told lawmakers that voting in the state was “smooth and safe,” GOP leaders have pushed for tougher penalties for illegal voting, the Tribune reported.

Abbott also recently pushed for an election audit of the 2020 presidential election at the request of former President Donald Trump.

In an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News, Abbott defended the move to control the state’s four largest counties, despite Trump winning the state by 600,000 votes.

Abbott’s office did not respond to an email request for comment at the time of publication.

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