A proposed Texas Senate bill does not prohibit drivers from transporting groups of “elderly, disabled or poor” to the polls to vote, despite what some widely shared social media posts suggest.
The false claims, which have been shared thousands of times on Facebook, distort a provision about Election Day transportation in Senate Bill 9, which was introduced by State Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola.
The posts suggest the bill would make it illegal for organized vans to transport people without cars, including the poor and those in nursing homes, to polling places.
The bill would stiffen penalties for election-related crimes, including making it a felony to put false information on a voter registration form.
Since the GOP-backed bill passed the Senate in April, civil rights groups have rebuked it, saying it would make voting in the state difficult and bureaucratic.
The posts single out a section of the bill that requires anyone driving three or more non-relatives to vote to fill out a form, but the rule applies only in a special circumstance.
“It’s only if you are driving three or more people who are physically disabled who want to vote curbside from the polls, allowing them to vote from their car,” Sam Taylor, a spokesman for the Texas secretary of state’s office, told The Associated Press.
In those cases, drivers would need to fill out a form providing their name, address, relationship to the voters and the reason for the transportation to the poll.