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Here's how Texas elections would change, and become more restrictive, under the bill Texas Republicans are pushing

Here's how Texas elections would change, and become more restrictive, under the bill Texas Republicans are pushing

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Like Republicans across the country, Texas lawmakers are pushing to enact sweeping changes to state voting laws, including new restrictions on how and when voters can cast ballots.At the forefront of that campaign is , a legislative priority for Lt. Gov. that has already passed the Senate and awaits action in the House. The wide-ranging legislation touches almost the entire voting process, taking particular aim at narrowing the latitude local officials have to control voting. It clamps down on early...

April 21, 2021
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Texas Republicans say their proposed voting restrictions are color blind. But many see "Jim Crow in a tuxedo."

Texas Republicans say their proposed voting restrictions are color blind. But many see "Jim Crow in a tuxedo."

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Two nights of voting in Houston, eight months apart, each occurring as midnight slipped by, lay bare the fault line cutting through Texas’ ongoing debate about voter suppression.First, the March 3, 2020, presidential primary. On the campus of Texas Southern University, a historically Black college, hundreds waited in a line that wrapped through a campus library and out into a courtyard for four hours, then five, then six after polls were supposed to close at 7 p.m. — the result of an unexpected surge of...

April 9, 2021
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Texas House committee advances bill that would make it a crime for election officials to send unsolicited vote-by-mail applications

Texas House committee advances bill that would make it a crime for election officials to send unsolicited vote-by-mail applications

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.A Texas House committee on Thursday advanced an elections bill that would make it a state jail felony for local election officials to distribute an application to vote by mail to a voter who didn’t request one.House Bill 6 is part of a broader Republican effort this year to enact wide-ranging changes to elections in Texas that would ratchet up the state’s already restrictive election rules in the name of “election integrity” despite little to no evidence of widespread fraud. The legislation was approved...

April 8, 2021
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2 big Texas companies come out against GOP bills to tighten voting laws

2 big Texas companies come out against GOP bills to tighten voting laws

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy by Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune Multiple major corporations based in Texas spoke out Thursday in opposition to Republicans' legislative proposals to further restrict voting in Texas.Corporate giants American Airlines, based in Fort Worth, and Dell Technologies, headquartered in Round Rock, were among the first to take a position. American Airlines took specific aim at Senate Bill 7, which would impose sweeping restrictions that take particular aim at local efforts meant to make it easier to vote - like extended early voting hours. Senate Republicans...

April 2, 2021
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Corporate giants come out against Republicans’ efforts to restrict voting in Texas

Corporate giants come out against Republicans’ efforts to restrict voting in Texas

Multiple major corporations based in Texas spoke out Thursday in opposition to Republicans’ legislative proposals to further restrict voting in Texas.Corporate giants American Airlines, based in Fort Worth, and Dell Technologies, headquartered in Round Rock, were among the first to take a position. American Airlines took specific aim at Senate Bill 7, which would impose sweeping restrictions that take particular aim at local efforts meant to make it easier to vote — like extended early voting hours. Senate Republicans Thursday.“Earlier this morning, the Texas State Senate passed legislation...

April 1, 2021
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Texas Senate advances bill limiting how and when voters can cast ballots, receive mail-in voting applications

Texas Senate advances bill limiting how and when voters can cast ballots, receive mail-in voting applications

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Senate Republicans on Thursday cleared the way for new, sweeping restrictions to voting in Texas that take particular aim at forbidding local efforts meant to widen access.In an overnight vote after more than seven hours of debate, the Texas Senate signed off on , which would limit extended early voting hours, prohibit drive-thru voting and make it illegal for local election officials to proactively send applications to vote by mail to voters, even if they qualify.The legislation is at the forefront of in...

April 1, 2021
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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals will review Crystal Mason’s controversial illegal voting conviction

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals will review Crystal Mason’s controversial illegal voting conviction

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has agreed to review the illegal voting conviction of Crystal Mason, a Tarrant County woman facing a five-year prison sentence for casting a provisional ballot in the 2016 election while she was on supervised release for a federal conviction.The state’s court of last resort for criminal matters granted Mason’s petition on Wednesday, elevating the profile of a case that could test the extent to which provisional ballots provide a safe harbor for voters amid questions about their eligibility. Her 2016 vote was never counted.After discovering she was not on...

March 31, 2021
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Restrictions on Texas voting could tighten under Republican bill advanced by Senate committee

Restrictions on Texas voting could tighten under Republican bill advanced by Senate committee

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.After more than five hours of public testimony, largely in opposition, a Texas Senate committee on Friday night advanced a wide-ranging elections bill that would further tighten the state's already restrictive voting rules and clamp down on local efforts to make it easier to vote.— one of Texas Republicans’ priority elections bills — would limit extended early voting hours, prohibit drive-thru voting and allow partisan poll watchers to record voters who receive help filling out their ballots. It would...

March 27, 2021
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Texas Republicans begin pursuing new voting restrictions as they work to protect their hold on power

Texas Republicans begin pursuing new voting restrictions as they work to protect their hold on power

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Republican lawmakers in Texas are attempting to cement more bricks into the wall they hope will shield their hold on power from the state's changing electorate.After more than 20 years in firm control, the GOP is seeing its dominance of Texas politics slowly slip away, with some once reliable suburbs following big cities into the Democratic party's fold.This legislative session, Republicans are staging a sweeping legislative campaign to further tighten the state's already restrictive voting rules and...

March 22, 2021
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Texas will gain two seats in Congress as residents of color drive population gains

Texas will gain two seats in Congress as residents of color drive population gains

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Texas will continue to see its political clout grow as it gains two additional congressional seats — the most of any state in the nation — following the 2020 census, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday.Thanks to its fast-growing population — largely due to an increase in residents of color, particularly Hispanics — the state’s share of votes in the U.S. House of Representatives will increase to 38 for the next decade. The new counts reflect a decade of population growth since the last census, which...

April 26, 2021
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