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After accepting several amendments offered by the Democratic minority, Republicans of the Texas House have sent a controversial voting bill to a conference committee, where its final form will be decided.  While a growing public outcry against the bill means certain provisions have been modified to make the legislation less restrictive, Republican control of the Texas government makes it likely that the final version of the bill will remain unacceptable to many voting rights advocates and Democrats.  Additionally, the revision process in the conference

Texas governor Greg Abbott signed a proclamation on October 1 limiting counties to only one ballot drop-off location each and allowing political parties to send poll watchers to observe the process. This applies even to very large counties like Harris County, home to the city of Houston, which has over 4.7 million residents. Governor Abbott (a Republican) called these measures “enhanced security protocols,” while Democrats and voting rights advocates are calling them voter suppression. Visit the Texas Tribune to learn more.