Texas governor adds illegal voting penalty increase to third special session agenda


AUSTIN, Texas — On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott submitted a letter to the Secretary of the Senate regarding legislation to increase penalties for illegal voting as an added agenda item for the third special session.

The penalties were reduced in Senate Bill 1, which passed earlier this year in the second special session.

“The State of Texas has made tremendous progress in upholding the integrity of our elections,” said Gov. Abbott. “By increasing penalties for illegal voting, we will send an even clearer message that voter fraud will not be tolerated in Texas.”

The third special session began on Sept. 20. Other items include: