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Texas passes voting rights restrictions despite Democrats’ efforts

Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 8/27/2021, 12:26 p.m.
The Texas House passed a sweeping bill late Thursday restricting access to...

The Texas House passed a sweeping bill late Thursday restricting access to the vote despite Democratic lawmakers’ repeated efforts to block the legislation, reports the Huffington Post.

The bill will ban 24-hour and drive-through voting, create harsher voter ID requirements for mail-in voting and stop election officials from sending voters unsolicited applications for mail-in ballots.

The bill passed 79-37, mostly along party lines, after about 12 hours of debate.

Last month, more than 50 Democratic lawmakers left the state in an effort to block a vote on the GOP legislation. Without a quorum, the Republican-led Texas House couldn’t move forward with legislation in its special session.

Last week, after 38 days of stalling, enough Democratic lawmakers returned to Texas for the House to continue its business.

While out of state, the Democrats went to Washington, D.C., to push for Congress to pass legislation at the federal level to protect voting rights.

Republicans in legislatures across the country have been pushing hundreds of bills that would restrict voting. Such efforts have already become law in several states, including Georgia, Arkansas and Arizona.

Voter suppression efforts disproportionately disenfranchise Black, Latinx and low-income voters.