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Texas Legislature Passes Elections Reform Bill, Defeating Dem Obstruction

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The GOP-dominated Texas legislature voted Tuesday to pass its elections reform bill after the state’s Democrats protested the measure for weeks, going so far as to deny the chamber quorum by walking out of session to prevent it from advancing.

The legislation now goes to the desk of Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign the bill after lobbying for it for many months.

While state Democrats have attacked the bill as a voter suppression measure, state Republicans have insisted it will promote transparency, security, and integrity in Texas elections. Its provisions include rolling back drive-through and 24-hour voting, requiring voters to authenticate their identity on absentee ballots, banning public officials from sending unsolicited mail-in ballots, and mandating that all voting systems have a paper trail on or before 2026, among others.

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