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Texas Elections Bill Would Allow Video Surveillance at Polls

April 12, 2021, 10:01 AM

A sweeping elections bill moving through the Texas Legislature would empower poll watchers to decide whether voters might be trying to cast fraudulent ballots, take a video, and send the recording to the state, sparking concerns about conflicts at the polls.

“Here in Texas, partisan poll watchers have a history of harassing and intimidating Black voters and people of color,” said Wesley Story, a spokesman for the political advocacy group Progress Texas, which opposes the bill. “Giving untrained poll watchers the authority to take matters into their own hands and record Texans who are simply trying to exercise their right...

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