Distrust of elections is currently widespread and bipartisan. Election integrity and confidence in elections are key issues facing the state of Texas. This has gotten the attention of state leadership. Prior to the 87th Legislature, Gov. Abbott declared it one of his priorities, to which both Lt. Gov. Patrick and Speaker Phelan agreed. Much good was accomplished during the 2021 legislative session, but due to the failure of Senate Bill 7 and Senate Bill 155, two key election integrity bills, among others, much work remains to be done. The purpose of this paper is to document the still-lingering vulnerabilities in the Texas Election Code and describe the legislative fixes that were proposed during the 2021 regular session that should be passed during the July 2021 special session. Our focus will primarily be on the bills in Table 1. We urge the Legislature to pursue the policies that were introduced in each of these previous pieces of legislation.
• Election security should not be controversial, and election security and integrity measures are not suppressive or racist.
• Election integrity problems predated 2020. Evidence suggests our system is not secure enough to protect every vote.
• Election integrity measures are popular and are supported by over 80% of voters. Additionally, 60% of Americans said they lacked confidence in elections in 2019.
• Election turnout has increased even among minority voters according to U.S. Census data, and 94% of voters say it is “very” or “somewhat” easy to vote.