Texas GOP’s voting restrictions bill could be rewritten behind closed doors after final House passage
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
A look at how some Texas voters were willing to vote for Joe Biden for President, but still voted for Republicans in congressional races, and how that shifted the balance of power in this year’s election.Visit The Texas Tribune to learn more.
The Texas Supreme Court ruled that early voting can begin as scheduled on October 13, rebuffing GOP challenges to limit it to two weeks during the pandemic.Visit the Texas Tribune to learn more.
Gov. Greg Abbott limits counties to one absentee ballot drop-off location, bolstering GOP efforts to restrict voting
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.