Bay of Plenty Times
Texas voting bill
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.