"Senate Bill 2 deters these bad actors and will give Texans peace of mind that election security is dramatically improved."
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “Citizens must have trust in the outcome of every election in our state. People who wish to subvert our elections must know that committing voter fraud comes with a steep penalty; a misdemeanor is simply too weak. Senate Bill 2 deters these bad actors and will give Texans peace of mind that election security is dramatically improved," said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick earlier today, following the Texas Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 2, the Restoring Illegal Voting to a Felony Bill introduced by Sen. Bryan Hughes (at right, R-Tyler.)
“Maintaining the integrity of Texas’ Elections has been a top priority of mine since I was elected to the Texas Senate – and throughout my tenure as Lt. Governor," said Patrick.
"For years I've been explicit in saying that I want to make it easier for Texans to vote, and harder to cheat. Voters demand secure elections.
“I salute Sen. Hughes and the Texas Senate Republicans who've worked diligently to upgrade illegal voting back to a felony, which was Texas law for almost 50 years until the House reduced it to a misdemeanor last session,” said the Lt. Governor.