'Purity of the ballot box,' an echo of Jim Crow, stricken from Texas voting bill - 2021-05-07

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F0.png 'Purity of the ballot box,' an echo of Jim Crow, stricken from Texas voting bill May 7, 2021, Cayla Harris, Houston Chronicle

On Thursday night, and into the wee hours of Friday morning, the Texas House fiercely debated a series of voting restrictions championed by the state's Republican leaders.

Democrats have taken issue with nearly every facet of the bill, which supporters say would prevent ballot fraud and which critics contend would introduce new hardships to voting and disproportionately effect Texans of color.

But when state Rep. Rafael Anchía, a Dallas Democrat, stood to ask questions of the bill's author, Rep. Briscoe Cain of Deer Park, he zeroed in on the bill's purpose — stated, in part, to "preserve the purity of the ballot box."

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{{cite news | first = Cayla | last = Harris | title = 'Purity of the ballot box,' an echo of Jim Crow, stricken from Texas voting bill | url = https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/texas/article/Purity-of-the-ballot-box-an-echo-of-Jim-16160340.php | work = Houston Chronicle | date = May 7, 2021 | accessdate = May 14, 2021 }}