In other news from Texas, the Republican-controlled Legislature has passed a sweeping voter restriction bill. The measure bars drive-thru and 24-hour voting sites, adds new identification requirements for absentee ballots, bans unsolicited mail-in ballot applications and gives new authority to partisan poll watchers. State Democrats had successfully stalled the bill for several months by first staging a walkout, then fleeing Texas to deny the House a voting quorum. Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign the bill quickly.
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