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General News    H3'ed 8/29/21

Texas House passes GOP voting restrictions that Democrats had blocked for weeks by fleeing the state

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Remember those heroic Democratic Texas legislators who fled their state to avoid a quorum that would have passed the voter-repressive, racist bill S.B. 1 being pushed through by Republicans (all but one anyway)? Well, the bill has passed in a follow-up session to the one originally boycotted.

The bill, alleged to avoid voter fraud and uphold “election integrity,” “restricts methods of voting, tightens the rules around mail ballots, empowers partisan poll-watchers, and creates new rules and penalties for mistakes by election officials and people helping others vote.”

Facing threats of arrest for having walked out, the Democrats stayed in DC for weeks to publicize their plight to lawmakers and the people and begged for support. The bill passed 80-41 despite their efforts. Read on.

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Marta Steele is an author/editor/blogger who has been writing for since 2006. She is also author of the 2012 book "Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols: The Election Integrity Movement's Nonstop Battle to Win Back the People's Vote, (more...)

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