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Texas Legislature 2021

The hard-fought Texas voting bill is poised to become law. Here's what it does.

Senate Bill 1 would set new rules for voting by mail, boost protections for partisan poll watchers and roll back local voting initiatives meant to make it easier to vote, namely those championed by Harris County that were disproportionately used by voters of color.

Voters cast their ballots at Audelia Road Branch Library on the first day of early voting in Dallas on Oct. 13, 2020.

A ban on drive-thru voting

New regulations for early voting hours, including a ban on 24-hour voting

A ban on the distribution of mail-in ballot applications

New ID requirements for voting by mail

A correction process for mail-in voting

Enhancing poll watcher protections

Establishing monthly citizenship checks

Creating new rules for voter assistance

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