Texas Election Reform Bill Signed Into Law By Gov. Greg Abbott


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in Pharr, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in Pharr, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed a sweeping election reform bill into law after a contentious battle with Democrats. Abbott signed the bill on Tuesday, which marked just days after it cleared both chambers of the state legislature.

The legislation would restrict absentee voting as well as ban 24-hour and drive-through voting. The bill would also set specific hours for early voting and implement voter ID requirements for mail-in ballots.

“One thing that all Texans can agree, and that is that we must have trust and confidence in our elections,” Abbott expressed. “The bill that I’m about to sign helps to achieve that goal. One thing that it does is, it insures that every eligible voter will have the opportunity to vote.”

The passage was held up last month when a group of Texas Democrats fled the state to Washington D.C. in an effort to prevent passage of the Republican-backed bill. Abbott responded by calling for two special sessions and after the Texas House reached a quorum, Republicans were able to pass the legislation.

The bill has been set to take effect just before next year’s primaries.

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