Despite Democratic lawmakers’ best efforts to block a bill restricting voting access in Texas, the state’s Republican-led Senate passed the legislation on Tuesday.
The bill would make it harder for people to vote by banning 24-hour voting, drive-thru voting, officials from sending voters unsolicited applications for mail-in ballots and tightens voter ID requirements for mail-in voting, according to Yahoo News.
In July, Texas Democrats left the state to prevent the state’s GOP from forming a quorum during a special session. State reps went to Washington, D.C. to urge Congress to pass a comprehensive voting rights bill, such as the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
The Texas bill passed along party lines in an 18-13 vote.
“It was unfortunate that it passed on a straight party-line vote. Voting is a fundamental right that should be nonpartisan because it’s what’s best for our country,” State Rep. Ron Reynolds told BNC’s Del Walters.