Florida, Texas move forward with restrictive voting laws

The Republican-led states are attempting to impose strict measures they say are needed to tighten election security, while Democrats say it’s blatant voter suppression.
1:17 | 05/07/21

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We turn to the national showdown over voting rights. Florida and Texas the latest to move forward with restrictive new voting laws. The GOP argues this is about keeping elections honest while Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to suppress turnout especially from minority voters. Mary Bruce has the latest. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, George. Well, across the country we are seeing these Republican controlled states following - former president trump's lead moving to tighten election security laws, they say it's all intended to boost election security but Democrats say, it's all an attempt to fix a problem that simile doesn't exist because there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the last election despite former president trump's claims. Advocates say it all amounts to voter suppression, targeting communities of color and the disabled. Now, overnight in Texas a short while ago they moved to advance measures that could make it the toughest state in the country to cast a ballot in and would prohibit officials from mailing out unsolicited mail-y voting and grant broad power to poll watchers. Nine other states similar rolled back voting access. In Florida we saw the governor there, a staunch trumpal lie make a big show of tightening their laws signing a bill live on Fox News and shutting out all other media. That was some move. Thanks very much. Michael. Thank you, George.

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