According to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), if Democrats in Congress are successful in passing legislation that would expand access to elections, it will result in “using cocaine to buy votes.”

During an appearance on the Fox News show “Sunday Morning Futures,” Abbott was asked by host Maria Bartiromo about H.R.1, which would greatly expand access and increase security for American elections. The governor told her:

“Before I was governor, I was the attorney general of Texas. And when the Obama administration tried doing things like this, I filed 31 lawsuits against the Obama administration. The strongest tool that we have is the litigation tool.

“And when you look at some of the things that they are talking about with regard to H.R. 1, they are trying to institutionalize voter fraud in the United States of America. They want to make mail-in ballots permanent. Everyone knows — including Democrats in Texas — have said that one of the easiest ways to cheat in elections is through these mail-in ballots.”

Actually, there is no evidence that there’s fraud in U.S. or state elections, regardless of how the voter casts his or her ballot. Several U.S. states already use mail ballots for all their elections and have not seen any fraud. And the 2020 election, which was deemed the safest in American history by top election officials, was conducted in the middle of a pandemic, yet voter participation was the highest in decades.

Abbott also went on a fact-free rant about “ballot harvesting,” alleging that former President Barack Obama had warned about the practice in the Lone Star state:

“It was Barack Obama himself who knew about the dangers of ballot harvesting in the state of Texas, because under his administration, he sent his U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas as well as the FBI to south Texas to arrest and to prosecute people who were involved in ballot harvesting that were using cocaine to buy votes through the ballot harvesting process in the state of Texas.”

Yes, there was an instance of voter fraud involving cocaine back in 2014, the New York Post reported at the time:

“Federal prosecutors say a 47-year-old man provided cocaine to secure votes for school board candidates in South Texas.

“A federal judge in McAllen on Monday scheduled the arraignment of Francisco ‘Frankie’ Garcia of Donna for next month. He’s facing voter fraud and other charges.”

What Abbott conveniently neglected to mention, is that the fraud in his state was discovered and didn’t change any votes.

Republicans are terrified of high voter turnout because they know it favors Democrats. The only way they can win is by cheating and denying people the right to vote.

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