Another election reform bill is headed to the desk of a Republican governor. On Tuesday, the Texas Legislature approved SB 1 after Democrats attempted to block the legislation by fleeing the state in July. The New York Post reported:
The Texas Senate voted 18-13 along party lines to pass the measure after the House voted 80-41 to approve it.
The bill includes provisions outlawing 24-hour polling places and drive-thru voting. It also establishes ID requirements for voting by mail and prohibits election officials from sending out applications for mail-in ballots if they have not been requested by voters . . .
Republicans say the bill restricts local election officials from claiming powers they were never granted in the first place and have pointed out that polls must now be open for at least one extra hour during the state’s early voting period. In addition, counties with populations of at least 55,000 people must have polls open for at least 12 hours during a second week of early voting.
Republican Governor Greg Abbott applauded the passage of the bill and is expected to sign it shortly:
"Protecting the integrity of our elections is critical in the state of Texas, which is why I made election integrity an emergency item during the 87th Legislative Session. I thank Senator Bryan Hughes, Representative Andrew Murr, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker Dade Phelan for stepping up to ensure that this bill made it to the finish line during the second special session. Senate Bill 1 will solidify trust and confidence in the outcome of our elections by making it easier to vote and harder to cheat. I look forward to signing Senate Bill 1 into law, ensuring election integrity in Texas."
The Texas election integrity bill is on its way to my desk!— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 31, 2021
I thank @SenBryanHughes, Rep. Murr, Lt. Gov. @DanPatrick, & Speaker @DadePhelan for stepping up to ensure this bill made it to the finish line.
This bill will make it easier to vote & harder to cheat.#txlege pic.twitter.com/oZ0GJKB4Mi
Other Republicans joined in celebrating the passage of the legislation.
🚨 ELECTION INTEGRITY UPDATE 🚨— Dan Patrick (@DanPatrick) September 1, 2021
The Texas Senate has just passed #SB1 for the final time. Next stop ➡️ Gov. @GregAbbott_TX’s desk! SB 1 will make it EASY TO VOTE and HARD TO CHEAT, ensuring every Texan can trust the outcome of every election in the Lone Star State.#txlege pic.twitter.com/RQMjcmsZFZ
Thank you for your tremendous effort @SenBryanHughes, @murrstache, @LtGovTX, & @DadePhelan.— Texas Senate GOP (@TexasSenateGOP) August 31, 2021
SB 1 makes it easy to vote and hard to cheat. 🗳#ElectionIntegrity
Let’s get this done, @GovAbbott! #txlege https://t.co/TBJyOzaQR3
Unsurprisingly, misinformation is already spreading about the content of the bill, but the legislation speaks for itself. It will make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.
This is false. This new law will deny no lawful voter multiple opportunities to cast their ballot each election, whether by mail, in-person early voting, or on election day. https://t.co/PtWLcuPTpN— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) September 1, 2021
Texans overwhelmingly support the measures contained in SB 1. Texas Republicans should be applauded for their efforts to ensure the security of and confidence in their elections.