Texas GOP Advances Voting Bill After Democrats’ Holdout Ends

Speaker of the House Dade Phelan, R-Orange, presides as they House prepares to debate voting bill SB1, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(AP) — Texas Republicans have advanced new voting restrictions after months of protests by Democrats. The sweeping bill that passed the Texas House late Thursday comes one week after Democrats ended a 38-day walkout to stop it from passing. Texas is now back in line to becoming the latest big GOP state to pass tighter voting laws. The bill now goes to the Senate. It’s on track to reach Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk in the coming days.


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