Election officials in Texas on Wednesday revealed that Uber drivers and other ride sharing services would have to register their drivers as election workers if transporting more than three voters per car.
At a hearing on Senate Bill 9, which activists say will suppress voting rights, election official Chris Davis warned that there are multiple problems with the bill.
Davis pointed out that the legislation would criminalize poll workers who make simple mistakes.
“Or whether it’s the bad policies of now allowing poll watchers to now record ballot counting in areas where ballot voting still occurs, with all the privacy that that is supposed to entail,” Davis said.
According to Davis, another “bad policy” would mandate that “non-driving voters must now attest to the reason for their assistance for curbside voting due to physical disability.”
Texas state Rep. John H. Bucy III (D) wondered about a provision that would force carpool drivers to give their name and address to the state.
“I’ve got a 91-year-old grandmother, she’s in a retirement home,” Bucy explained. “If she and three of her friends — so there’s four of them — get an Uber ride to go vote, would that Uber driver have to fill out this form because he brought them to curbside vote? They’re all in wheelchairs.”
“Yes,” Davis replied. “An Uber driver would have to at least attest to the reason why they are assisting these voters.”
Watch Davis’ testimony to the Texas House Committee on Elections below.
Video catches woman in Central Park falsely reporting ‘an African-American man threatening my life’
A video circulated on social media on Monday showed a woman in Central Park falsely claiming that an "African-American man" threatened her life.
Late Monday, Franklin Templeton announced that an "employee" had been put on leave after rumors circulated online the woman worked there.
The incident was said to occur between a man and a white woman over the Memorial Day weekend. Cell phone video shared on Twitter revealed a verbal confrontation as the woman was exercising her dog without a leash.
Mask-free customer berates Costco employee as he gets kicked out: ‘I woke up in a free country’
A man was caught on video berating a Costco employee after he was asked to leave the store because he refused to put on a mask.
The confrontation was said to occur at a Costco warehouse in Las Vegas.
In video shared on social media, the man can be heard telling the Costco employee that he has 3,000 Instagram followers.
"I work for Costco and I'm asking this member to put on a mask because that is our company policy," the employee states.
"I'm not doing it because I woke up in a free country," the customer replies.
At that point, the employee takes the customer's shopping cart.
Schumer goes off on Trump for muzzling the CDC: Anyone who says to drink bleach is not a ‘stable genius’
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday blasted President Donald Trump's administration for reportedly shelving a Centers from Disease Control (CDC) plan to deal with the novel coronavirus pandemic.
"Last week, Americans learned that the Trump White House had blocked release by the Centers for Disease Control of a document that contained guidance for safely reopening up the country," Schumer explained during a speech on the Senate floor. "Making the wrong decision about when, where and how to reopen could result in loss of precious life that could be otherwise saved and in the occurrence of a COVID second wave that, God forbid, could be worse than the first."