Texas Democrats leaving state to stop GOP voting bill

UPDATED 3:03 p.m.
By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats in the Texas Legislature leaving the state in another revolt against a GOP overhaul of election laws. One large group is set to leave Austin on Monday on private planes before the GOP can pass a voting bill in a special legislative session ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. It’s not the first time that Texas Democrats have broken quorum in a dramatic showdown over voting rights. In May, Democrats walked out of the Texas Capitol to block a sweeping bill that included bans on 24-hour polling places and provisions to empower partisan poll watchers. It would be the first time since 2003 that Texas Democrats have crossed state lines to break quorum.