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Texas GOP moves closer to passing election integrity laws during special session

The legislation was held up when Democrats staged a walkout in May.

Updated: July 12, 2021 - 7:38am

Over the weekend, the Texas legislature moved closer to passing a set of voting bills that in May prompted Democrat members of the state government to stage a walkout. 

Following the dramatic exit, GOP Gov. Greg Abbott said he would call a special session in the coming months to address the bills. 

The session began earlier this month, with such issues as bail reform and teaching critical race theory in public schools also on the agenda. 

Democrats argued the voting integrity measures advancing through the state Senate are restrictive and would limit the voting rights of minorities. Among their concerns are bills to ban 24-hour balloting and drive-through voting. Both were established in the state last year to make voting safer and more accessible during the pandemic. 

GOP members of the legislature are setting up a floor vote in the next few days to advance the legislation that they were unable to pass during the regular session.

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