Texas Senate Passes Election Reform Bill After Democrat Ends Filibuster

The Texas Senate on Thursday passed an election reform bill after a Democrat senator ended a 15-hour filibuster. The GOP-controlled body passed Senate Bill 1 (pdf) 18–11 just moments after state Sen. Carol Alvarado, a Democrat, stopped speaking around 9 a.m. Alvarado had stood on the floor since just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Authored by Republican state Sen. Bryan Hughes, the bill would tighten up voter roll maintenance, expand early voting hours, and force employers to give workers time off to vote, whether on Election Day or on other days. “We talk about easy to vote and hard to cheat, and that’s what the bill’s about,” Hughes told colleagues in Austin. Alvarado accused Republicans of trying to implement voter suppression. “Senate Bill 1 slowly, but surely, chips away at our democracy. It adds, rather than removes, barriers for Texas seniors, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Asian, and Latino voters …

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