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WATCH: Gov. Abbott signs Texas voting restrictions bill Tuesday

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Posted at 4:51 PM, Sep 06, 2021

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott is signed Texas Senate Bill 1 Tuesday in Tyler, Texas.

The ceremonial signing of the bill will took place Tuesday at 11 a.m..

Abbott was joined by Senator Bryan Hughes, State Rep. Andrew Murr and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

Abbott has says the saw focuses on the integrity of Texas elections, but critics of the bill say the new law limits the ability of people to vote.

The work on the bill — and the Texas legislature as a whole — ground to a halt earlier this month after 50 Democrats in the state House of Representatives fled Texas to prevent the bill from being passed.
By leaving the state, the House was not able to field a quorum, or the required number of lawmakers needed to advance a bill.

Democrats continued their holdout until last week when the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the lawmakers who fled could be arrested or detained if they failed to show up at the capitol.
The sweeping bill that passed the Texas House late Thursday comes one week after Democrats ended a 38-day walkout to stop it from passing.

Texas is now back in line to become the latest big GOP state to pass tighter voting laws in response to former President Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen. Georgia and Florida have also passed similar laws that restrict access to ballot boxes.

Senate Bill 1 includes proposals to ban drive-thru and 24-hour voting options and enhances access for partisan poll watchers, the Texas Tribunereports. Such options were used in Houston and other high-population areas in Texas during the 2020 election.

Check out other Texas laws that might affect you starting Sept. 1 here.