Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a restrictive new voting law, which Democrats had blocked for weeks by fleeing the state to D.C. to deny Republicans in the state House a quorum
Throughout the summer, Democrats had fended off the legislation, which would ban measures such as drive-through voting adopted during the pandemic last year and empower partisan poll watchers.
The Texas House passed a new bill that further restricts voting in the state, a measure Democrats had blocked for weeks by fleeing to Washington, D.C.
The Texas House reached a quorum late Thursday as Democrats returned to the chamber after blocking a restrictive voting bill for weeks by fleeing to D.C.
Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Carol Alvarado talked through the night, the latest long-shot effort by state Democrats to try to stymie its passage. The fate of the legislation now rests with the House, which still lacks a quorum due to a walkout by De…
In the state Senate, a Democrat planned a filibuster to slow a Republican bill that would limit voter access. In the state House, officials chased absent Democrats — with little apparent success.
A spokesman said the warrants would be delivered to the House sergeant-at-arms on Wednesday morning ‘for service.’
Texas Democrats have so far blocked the GOP from passing a bill with sweeping new voting restrictions by fleeing the state.
The warrant against Rep. Philip Cortez, who has returned to D.C., is only enforceable in Texas.
Dozens of Texas Republicans have signed onto a bill mandating a forensic audit of the 2020 election results, but only in the state’s biggest counties, which mostly went for President Biden.