The Texas House of Representatives on Friday backed a bill to bar election officials from sending voters unsolicited mail-in ballot applications, while giving party-affiliated poll watchers greater access to voting sites. The overnight vote in the Republican-controlled legislature followed the enactment of similar measures in Georgia and Florida in the wake of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election win.
Friday’s Texas vote ran along party lines, with the bill, which still requires final approval in both the House and Senate after a third reading, passing by 81 to 64. The Senate, also Republican-controlled, has already passed related legislation that imposes limits on the early casting of election ballots, and abolishes drive-through voting and round-the-clock voting, among other provisions.
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In a marathon debate, Democrats tried to chip away at a bill they’ve denounced as voter suppression, but the legislation still passed the Texas House and will move to the state Senate.https://t.co/JKcLRhhGgF
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