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Texas Republicans finalize major bill of voting limits

Texas Republicans finalize major bill of voting limits

May 29, 2021
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Texas lawmakers on Saturday finished drafting a bill that would impose a raft of new voting restrictions, setting up the likely passage of legislation that would be among the most far-reaching laws in Republicans’ nationwide drive to overhaul election systems and limit voting. The bill would tighten what are […]

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Texas lawmakers on Saturday finished drafting a bill that would impose a raft of new voting restrictions, setting up the likely passage of legislation that would be among the most far-reaching laws in Republicans’ nationwide drive to overhaul election systems and limit voting.

The bill would tighten what are already some of the nation’s strictest voting laws and would specifically target balloting methods that were employed for the first time last year by Harris County, home to Houston.

In addition to banning drive-thru voting and 24-hour voting, which were used by nearly 140,000 voters in Harris County during the 2020 election, it would prohibit election officials from sending absentee ballots to all voters, regardless of whether they had requested them; ban using tents, garages, mobile units or any temporary structure as a polling location; further limit who could vote absentee; and add new identification requirements for voting by mail.

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