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Texas GOP advances voting bill after Democrats’ holdout ends

In this July 13, 2021, file photo empty seats are seen in the House Chamber at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. Texas Democrats left the state to block sweeping new election laws, while Republican Gov. Greg Abbott threatened them with arrest the moment they return. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas Republicans have advanced new voting restrictions after months of protests by Democrats.

The sweeping bill that passed the Texas House late Thursday comes one week after Democrats ended a 38-day walkout to stop it from passing.

Texas is now back in line to becoming the latest big GOP state to pass tighter voting laws in response to former President Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen.

The bill now goes to the Senate. It’s on track to reach Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk in the coming days.

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