The Republican-controlled Texas state House AND Senate on August 31 passed the final versions of voter integrity legislation, which Democrats had been opposing for quite some time.
The Texas House voted to pass the bill by a margin of 80-41, with only one Republican siding with the Democrats.
Hours later, the Senate passed the legislation with a 18-13 vote along party lines.
It will now head to the desk of Republican Governor Greg Abbot to be signed into law.
Abbott explained the importance of the legislation:
“Protecting the integrity of our elections is critical in the state of Texas, which is why I made election integrity an emergency item during the 87th legislative session.
Senate Bill 1 creates uniform statewide voting hours, maintains and expand voting access for registered voters that need assistance, prohibits drive-through voting, and enhances transparency by authorizing poll watchers to observe more aspects of the election process. The bill also bans the distribution of unsolicited applications for mail-in ballots and gives voters with a defective mail-in a ballot the opportunity to correct the defect.”
The Texas election integrity bill is on its way to my desk!
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 31, 2021
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