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Tired of Democrats distorting the contents of election integrity bills and smearing the reforms as racist, Republican lawmakers in the Texas House and Senate shot back last week to set the record straight about what is—and isn’t—included in their proposed legislation.

At the top of their list of what’s not in the bills: “voter suppression.”

“There’s been a lot of misinformation and patently false statements,” State Rep. Andrew Murr (R–Junction) said on Friday at an election integrity briefing held by the House Republican Caucus.

Murr is the author of House Bill 3, a revised version of comprehensive election reform that the Republican-run legislature failed to pass during the 140-day regular session.

Republicans got a second chance to get it right when Gov. Greg Abbott put election integrity on the July special session agenda along with other priorities left undone.

New comprehensive election bills filed in the House and Senate improved on their regular-session counterparts, added items requested by Democrats, and dropped controversial provisions.

The bills still sparked a special session showdown between Democrats determined to block Republicans’ bills by any means, and Republicans who say Democrats haven’t bothered to read the bills and are misrepresenting the reforms.

“Anyone who says there is no voter fraud in Texas is telling a very big lie,” said State Sen. Bryan Hughes (R–Mineola) at a press conference held by Senate Republicans on Wednesday.

Hughes authored Senate Bill 1, an updated version of the comprehensive election reform bill he filed during the regular session that also failed to pass.

He said SB 1 improves both accessibility and security, making it “easy to vote but hard to cheat.”

Though not identical, SB 1 and HB3 are very similar, and they’re much more alike than the regular-session “omnibus” election bills.

The Senate passed the new SB 1 last Tuesday

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