Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott ratified a bill on Tuesday, September 7, that establishes strict new voting rules which ends Democrats’ efforts to hamper the legislation by preventing a Republican majority in the House.
State legislators approved the bill last week, which enforces criminal penalties for violating voting laws, bars a 24-hour and drive-through voting, allowing access for partisan poll watchers.
The bill also restricts unsolicited mail-in applications even to those who are 65 and older, who were initially eligible to mail their votes.
Abbott said that the law will improve confidence in the electoral system, as it will be “easier to vote and harder to cheat.”
Abbott, along with Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and the bill’s sponsors, said that they want more people to vote fairly and that cheaters have no room to undermine the process.
The measure added Texas to states who have adopted new voting laws due to former President Donald Trump’s allegations of widespread voter fraud. Florida, Arkansas, Kansas, Arizona, and Georgia are among those who have enacted new voting legislation.
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