The goal of a special legislative session is usually for Texas lawmakers to get stuff done that they didn’t, or couldn’t, during the regular session. But, during the 30-day session ending this week, though, lawmakers worked to undo something they passed just a few months prior: a bipartisan effort to curb mail-in ballot fraud in nursing homes. State Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, says she and Republicans in the Texas Legislature were mostly on the same page about tackling this problem at the outset of the regular session.
“There was an overriding goal, which was to produce legislation that would actually protect our seniors who are more vulnerable and susceptible to voter fraud abuse of the mail-in type,” she said.
In a bipartisan effort, lawmakers passed a bill that expanded in-person voting to folks bound to nursing homes. It created a process for collecting absentee ballots in some cases. In other cases, it made nursing homes and assisted living facilities temporary polling places during early voting.