“We had to act last night because #SB7 was a threat to our democracy,” tweeted Texas state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez in defense of Democrats’ walkout to temporarily kill a rather run-of-the-mill election bill. President Joe Biden similarly called it “part of an assault on democracy that we’ve seen far too often this year.”
Nonsense: Senate Bill 7, the Election Integrity Protection Act, isn’t some dastardly effort at voter suppression. It mainly ensures that procedures adopted amid the pandemic don’t become routine going forward, for example banning 24-hour voting and drive-through voting — which officials in Harris County, the state’s largest and home to Houston, put into place in the face of COVID.
Such rules allow “the opportunity for voter fraud when no one is looking,” argued GOP state Rep. Jared Patterson, noting: “Momma always said nothing good happens after midnight. That includes at polling places.”