“Unintended consequences” of Amendment 58 to Texas election integrity bill during Legislative Special Session almost opened door to illegal alien voting in Texas

“Unintended consequences” of Amendment 58 to Texas election integrity bill during Legislative Special Session almost opened door to illegal alien voting in Texas

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports

Austin, September 14 – A major curfuffle has arisen about one particular amendment in the Texas House of Representatives during the Second Special Session of Texas’ 87th Legislature. The legislative change was Amendment 58 to Senate Bill 1, the Election Integrity bill Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law last Tuesday, September 7, in Tyler.

During the evening of August 26, 2021, when the Texas House was in the heat of debate over the then-proposed election integrity bill, State Representatives Dustin Burrows, Republican of Lubbock, Briscoe Cain, Republican of Deer Park, introduced their amendment, which they intended to protect confused voters to allow them to avoid criminal prosecution, if they didn’t fully understand the circumstances of why they couldn’t vote.

With very little discussion, Amendment 58 passed the Texas House on a unanimous voice vote. Almost immediately, a statewide elected official, who has requested anonymity at the present time, complained to members of the House leadership and to Senator Bryan Hughes of Tyler.

The problem with Amendment 58 is that it would have given illegal aliens a means by which illegal aliens could vote in Texas elections without worrying about criminal prosecution. They could merely claim they didn’t fully understand the circumstances of why they couldn’t vote.

After the House had passed eight (8) amendments to Senate Bill 1, the question arose whether the Senate would concur in the House amendments or whether a conference committee of House and Senate members had become necessary to iron out differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.

On August 27, Senator Bryan Hughes, the primary author of Senate Bill 1 in the Texas Senate, issued the following statement:

“The amendment was intended to address situations where a person is genuinely mistaken as to whether they’re eligible to vote. It was adopted on a voice vote because there was no objection. Later that night and the next day, concerns arose that the language could have unintended consequences…So the conference committee removed the amendment.”

The sole reason the Senate didn’t concur in the House amendments to Senate Bill 1 was Amendment 58, because its “unintended consequence” would be to permit illegal aliens to overwhelm Texas elections with their illegal votes. The conference committee’s sole action was to remove Amendment 58, after major concerns arose from statewide elected officials who recognized the damage the amendment to the Texas Election Code.

Many conservative leaders have expressed concerns that one of the people who actively and visibly voted to support this amendment on the House floor, which such amendment could have had a devastating impact on Texas elections, was State Representative Matt Krause of Tarrant County, who is considering running for Attorney General of Texas in the 2022 Republican Primary Election. The question arises who Krause could run for the position of the top law enforcement officer in Texas, when he voted to allow illegal aliens to vote in Texas election. As a lawyer, Krause should have known better and better understood the severe consequences to loosening up Texas election laws with the poorly-written language of Amendment 58.

 

 

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