Texas Lower House Passed Voting Restrictions Bill.

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source: nytimes.com

Texas Lower House Passed Voting Restrictions Bill.

The initiative, which has the rejection of the Democrats, obtained 79 votes in favor and 37 against. So now shall by the state Senate.

Since then, Republicans have introduced more than 200 bills in about 40 states to restrict voting access.

The Lower House of Texas approved a bill on Thursday that includes restrictions on the right to vote after overcoming protests that Democratic legislators held for weeks to prevent the advance of this initiative.

The bill, dubbed SB1, won 79 votes in favor and 37 against after a debate over 12 hours, local media reported.

The initiative, which the state Senate must now consider, contemplates new identification requirements for those wishing to vote by mail, includes more criminal penalties to the process, and prohibits voting from the car or 24-hour voting centers.

Democrats in the state lower house had avoided going to the last sessions. As a result, there was no necessary quorum to process that bill, requiring at least 100 legislators to be present.

Half a hundred Democrats went to Washington in July to hinder the passage of the bill. They were threatened with jail to pressure them to return to the Legislature.

On August 12, the Texas Senate approved a similar bill with new obstacles to voting rights, despite the resistance of a Latina senator who spoke for 15 hours in the plenary session to try to prevent its approval.

Democratic Senator Carol Alvarado resorted to a maneuver known as "filibusterism," which consists of speaking for hours in the plenary session of a chamber to prevent the issue being debated from going to a vote vote.

However, the Republican majority in the Senate pushed the vote on the bill, which went ahead by 18 votes to 11.

During the pandemic, many US states relaxed requirements to vote by mail or early, sparking a record turnout and fueling former President Donald Trump's unproven conspiracy theories of alleged massive fraud at the polls last November.

Since then, Republicans have introduced more than 200 bills in about 40 states to restrict voting access.,