Texas Governor Greg Abbott had two strong and pointed words in response to the Biden Justice Department’s lawsuit over the state’s new voter integrity laws: “Bring it.”
“Bring it. The Texas election integrity law is legal” Abbott tweeted in response to a Texas Tribune article outlining how the DOJ is suing the Lonestar State over its recently enacted voter laws that, among other provisions, restrict mail-in voting to prevent the opportunity for voter fraud and election rigging.
“[The law] INCREASES hours to vote,” Abbott continued. “It does restrict illegal mail ballot voting. Only those who qualify can vote by mail. It also makes ballot harvesting a felony. In Texas it is easier to vote but harder to cheat.”
The law places added restrictions on who can vote by mail and how mail-in voters must identify themselves, as well as new rules on voter assistance. It also makes ballot harvesting, or the practice of collecting ballots and delivering them to the ballot box, a felony.
The DOJ argues that the Texas law illegally inhibits the ability of minorities, the military, and those with disabilities to vote, asserting that the state has a “history of discrimination against voters with disabilities.”