- The bill passed the Texas House 79-37.
- Lawmakers voted mostly along party lines.
Texas Democrats have been working to stop the passage of the bill, which “would add new ID requirements for people seeking to vote by mail; add new criminal penalties to the voting process; empower partisan poll watchers; and ban drive-thru and 24-hour voting options,” according to NPR.
The Texas voting bill drama, explained
- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott then called a special session of the legislature to vote on the bill again.
Texas Democrats reacted by leaving the state, which riled up Republicans in Texas, as I wrote for the Deseret News. Texas Democrats planned to avoid Texas until Aug. 7 — which was when the special legislation would end.
- So Abbott called for another special session to address COVID-19 relief funds, legislative rules and more.
Democrats returned to Texas in the middle of August, which allowed the Republicans to move forward with the bill.
- There were some threats of the Democrats being arrested upon their return, but that did not happen.