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The state of Texas has finally passed its new election bill and it has officially been signed into law by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. It comes months after some Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives fled the state in an attempt to prevent a quorum and stop the bill from being passed, The Texas Tribune reported.
Gov. Greg Abbott Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 1, sweeping legislation that further tightens state election laws and constrains local control of elections by limiting counties’ ability to expand voting options. The governor’s signature ends months of legislative clashes and standoffs during which Democrats — propelled by concerns that the legislation raises new barriers for marginalized voters — forced Republicans into two extra legislative sessions.