The Texas legislature passed the voter integrity bill that had previously caused Democrats to flee the state for Washington, D.C., with the bill now headed to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk to sign.
The 80-41 vote in the House was joined by a win in the Senate just hours later along party lines in the Republican-led state.
“The legislation establishes new ID requirements for voting by mail, enhances protections for partisan poll watchers and sets new rules, and possible criminal penalties, for those who assist voters,” the Texas Tribune reported on Tuesday.
The controversial bill included multiple special sessions. In addition, the bill took months of delay as nearly 60 state Democratic House members walked out and fled the state for a month to stop a vote from taking place in July.
“The Texas election integrity bill is on its way to my desk! ” Abbott tweeted, indicating his plans to sign the bill into law.
The Texas election integrity bill is on its way to my desk!
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 31, 2021
“Senate Bill 1 will solidify trust and confidence in the outcome of our elections by making it easier to vote and harder to cheat. I look forward to signing Senate Bill 1 into law, ensuring election integrity in Texas,” Abbott said in a statement.