Texas Gov. Abbott pushes for legal protections against election fraud

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 8, 2021, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas. Abbott is reviving the GOP’s thwarted efforts to pass new voting laws in America’s biggest red state. His announcement Wednesday, July 7, comes after Democrats temporarily derailed a restrictive bill with a late-night walkout in the state Capitol in May. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

FILE – In this Tuesday, June 8, 2021, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas. Abbott is reviving the GOP’s thwarted efforts to pass new voting laws in America’s biggest red state. His announcement Wednesday, July 7, comes after Democrats temporarily derailed a restrictive bill with a late-night walkout in the state Capitol in May. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

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UPDATED 8:28 AM PT – Thursday, July 8, 2021

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is pushing to improve legal protections against election fraud. He called for a special session of state legislature on election reform Wednesday after the Supreme Court upheld changes to state election laws in Arizona.

Texas lawmakers will gather Thursday with a session of the House Select Committee on Constitutional Rights and Remedies. Abbott did not reveal the topics to be discussed.

However, the Supreme Court’s decision may suggest Texas will pursue Arizona-style changes to voting laws, including voter ID requirements and a ban on ballot harvesting.

“What this election integrity bill did, it actually increased the number of hours that were required for polls to be open in comparison to current law,” Abbott explained. “So it did not reduce hours, it increased hours.”

The Texas governor also said state lawmakers will consider several bills to improve border security in the next 30 days.

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