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Texas Legislature 2021

GOP voting bills advance in Texas House and Senate after overnight committee hearings

Authors of the legislation are moving to ban drive-thru and 24-hour voting options, enhance access for partisan poll watchers and prohibit local election officials from proactively distributing applications to request mail-in ballots. Both bills also include language to further restrict the state’s voting-by-mail rules, including new ID requirements for absentee voters.

Activists hold signs saying, "Texas Deserves Better" outside a Senate committee hearing on proposed election reforms, at the Capitol on Saturday, July 10, 2021.

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