Gov. Abbott: Texas Will Move Its Election Day if H.R. 1 Passes

Craig Bannister | April 6, 2021 | 10:56am EDT
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If Democrats’ sweeping changes to U.S. election law are enacted via their H.R. 1 legislation, it will institutionalize voter fraud and prompt states to move their election days, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) says.

Gov. Abbott was asked about the prospects of H.R. 1. in a Fox News interview discussing how he and Texas are boycotting Major League Baseball (MLB) because the league is playing politics and moving its All-Star Game out of Georgia in objection to a new voter integrity law.

Regarding the MLB, Gov. Abbott said that businesses should focus on their businesses, instead of trying to influence election law legislation – especially when they have no idea what’s in it:

“What we need to do is to have these business leaders realize they don't need to be responding to tweets or to these bogus arguments that were put forth by people like Stacey Abrams and others in Georgia. Businesses need to focus on their job, which is advancing the cause of the shareholders, and just stay out of the political arena. At least as it concerns to injecting themselves in a political process as we're trying to pass legislation, about which these CEOs have no idea whatsoever about.”

Noting that 72% of Americans support requiring a photo I.D. to vote, Fox News Host Bill Hemmer asked Abbott how the American vote will change if Democrats succeed in federalizing the system and loosening voter requirements by enacting H.R. 1.

“H.R. 1 would be a total disaster” because “it institutionalizes the avenues to perpetuate voter fraud in the United States of America,” Gov. Abbott warned.

“Texas will have no part of it,” the governor declared. Instead, Texas and other states will move their state election dates so they don’t coincide with federal elections. That way, the states can concentrate on preventing voter fraud without being entangled with the federal election disaster, he said:

“What the federal government can do under the Constitution, they can regulate elections as it concerns federal officials. However, they cannot regulate elections concerning state officials. 

“And so, states like Texas and other states, we will just pull out of having elections at the same time that the federal elections take place, so we'll be able to ensure the integrity of the election process in Texas, regardless of what H.R. 1 does.”

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