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Texas Democrats leaving state to stop GOP voting bill

The State Capitol is seen in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, June 1, 2021. The Texas Legislature closed out its regular session Monday, but are expected to return for a special session after Texas Democrats blocked one of the nation's most restrictive new voting laws with a walkout. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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.


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