Texas Is The Latest Frontier In The Voting Rights Fight

Texas Is The Latest Frontier In The Voting Rights Fight

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(CNN)Republican lawmakers in the Lone Star State were moving closer Sunday to imposing a slew of new restrictions on voting until Democrats staged a late-night walkout that left the House short of a quorum.

That move effectively stalled a vote on Senate Bill 7, killing it for this year’s legislative session.

The state Senate had voted early Sunday to adopt a conference version of the bill, which contained provisions that would do the following:

    • Ban after-hours voting.
    • Prohibit ballot drop boxes and drive-through voting centers.
    • Mandate all weekday early voting take place sometime between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., though draft language would further limit Sunday early voting to a maximum between the hours of 1 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • Make it illegal for elections officials to send applications to vote by mail to people who did not request one.
    • Bar counties from helping facilitate the distribution of unsolicited ballot requests.
    • Require voters requesting absentee ballot to provide their driver’s license number or Social Security number on both their request for a ballot and their return envelope containing their ballot.
    • Impose $1,000-a-day fines on local election officials who do not follow prescribed procedures to update their voter rolls, and criminal penalties on election workers who obstruct poll-watchers.

      The bill would

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