Texas Governor Signs New Voting Bill Into Law
Updated: Sep 9, 2021
On Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed a new more restrictive voting bill into law. The bill prohibits 24-hour polling sites, bans drive-through voting, imposes new requirements for mail-in voting and gives more access to partisan poll-watchers.
Texas Democrats originally maintained a 38-Day holdout over the bill so Texas Republicans would not have the quorum needed to pass the bill. The holdout ended when three Democrats broke ranks and gave the Republicans the quorum needed to move forward.
The bill is largely criticized by Democrats for being more restrictive to marginalized voters, especially people of color and those with disabilities.
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