Texas Republicans Pass Election Reform Bill

The Texas legislature passed the final version of a GOP-backed bill that aims to protect elections and promote election integrity, sending the legislation to Gov. Greg Abbott‘s desk to be signed.

Senate Bill 1 (SB1) was approved by the state House last week in a vote of 80 to 41, with one Republican in opposition. The state Senate followed Tuesday with a party-line vote of 18 to 13.

“Protecting the integrity of our elections is critical in the state of Texas, which is why I made election integrity an emergency item during the 87th Legislative Session,” Abbott said in a statement following passage. “I thank Senator Brian Hughes, Representative Andrew Murr, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker Dade Phelan for stepping up to ensure that this bill made it to the finish line during the second special session.”

According to Gov. Abbott, the legislation makes it “easier to vote and harder to cheat” in the Lone Star State.

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