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Jim Crow Ballot 'Purity' Phrase Yanked From Texas Vote Suppression Bill At Last Minute

Added 05-09-21 12:54:02pm EST - “GOP lawmakers ultimately decided not to advertise the segregationist nature of the voting measure.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Jim Crow Ballot 'Purity' Phrase Yanked From Texas Vote Suppression Bill At Last Minute”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A segregationist term from the Jim Crow era referring to the “purity” of ballots was yanked at the last minute before the Texas House passed a measure restricting voting.

Eighteen amendments — 13 of them from Democrats — were added to the Republican election bill before it was passed 78-64 Friday. 

But an initial fight was over the bill’s statement of purpose. It initially said that said the measure was designed to “preserve the purity of the ballot box” — a phrase “drafted specifically to disenfranchise Black voters following the Civil War,” Democratic Rep. Rafael Anchía told bill sponsor Rep. Briscoe Cain (R).

Cain later noted that he’d be willing to agree to an amendment to change “purity” to “integrity or something,” reported the Austin-American Statesman. The word was stricken from the bill.

"Purity of the ballot box” was a term drafted specifically to disenfranchise Black voters following the Civil War. This justification was used again during the Jim Crow Era. And today, this lie was resurrected in the #txlege to justify #SB7. Full clip: https://t.co/aYq4bHcNG7 pic.twitter.com/l9rEAThIkz

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