Bay of Plenty Times

Texas voting bill

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The Republican-controlled Texas Legislatur­e passed a broad overhaul of the state’s election laws yesterday, tightening already strict voting rules. Republican Governor Greg Abbott said he will sign the bill, the latest in a national Republican campaign to add new hurdles to voting. The effort, which led to new restrictio­ns in Georgia, Florida, Arizona and elsewhere, was spurred by former President Donald Trump’s false claims of a stolen election. Texas Democrats fought the legislatio­n for months, arguing the bill was tailored to make it harder for young people, racial and ethnic minorities and people with disabiliti­es — all Democratic-leaning voters — to vote. The bill specifical­ly targets Democratic stronghold­s, further tightening rules in a state already considered among the hardest places to cast a ballot.

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