Beto: TX Voting Bill Doing ‘Same Thing’ as Poll Tax, Literacy Tests

Beto: TX Voting Bill Doing ‘Same Thing’ as Poll Tax, Literacy Tests

June 1, 2021

Monday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, failed presidential candidate and avowed 2nd Amendment enemy Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke claimed falsely that the Texas Legislature’s election integrity bill to ensure more security in the state’s elections is like the poll tax and literacy tests once used to keep black Americans from voting.

“[I]t’s worth remembering that our democracy is the exception and not the rule in world history, and the exception on the planet today, and as hard-fought as this democracy was won, we can so easily lose it with provisions like this one,” O’Rourke said.

Correction: we already lost our democracy in the 2020 election precisely because provisions like the election integrity bill were not in place to keep Democrats from committing massive voter fraud.

O’Rourke went on to state that the law seems “innocuous,” but so did the poll tax 100 years ago: “You know, the poll tax 100 years ago was somewhat innocuous-sounding. The literacy test, the counting the number of jelly beans in a jar, but in every instance, they were used to try to stop black Texans and African-Americans throughout the former Confederacy from being able to use their rights to vote. And in that same way, ending souls to the polls and closing polling places in predominately African-American neighborhoods is doing the exact same thing in 2021.”

Correction: election integrity laws are nothing like that. They actually increase access to the polls. What they decrease is the possibility for the voter fraud Democrats need to win elections.

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