Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs contentious voting measure SB 1 into law Tuesday

Governor Abbott signed into law voting rights bill that prompted Democrats to break quorum

Gov. Greg Abbott gave updates on his border wall plans with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dade Phelan at the Texas Capitol on June 16, 2021

The contentious voting restrictions bill passed by Republicans last month following a Democrat-led quorum break was signed into law on Tuesday.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 1 at a press conference in East Texas at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Abbott was joined by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the bill’s authors, state Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineaola, and state Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction. Murr’s district is a large chunk of the Hill Country west and northwest of San Antonio.

Texas State Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Kerrville, center, talks with fellow law makers as the House debates election bill SB1 in the House Chamber at the Texas Capitol, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

SB 1 is wide-ranging voting legislation that received national headlines following a dramatic but ultimately unsuccessful last-ditch effort by Texas Democrats to prevent the bill from passing.

The voting restrictions include a ban on drive-thru voting and 24-hour voting, both of which were used in Houston’s Harris County during the pandemic.

The legislation restricts early voting hours to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. across the state but requires at least 12 hours of early voting per day for counties with more than 55,000 people.

New restrictions on mail-in voting have been added, including a ban on sending ballot applications unsolicited and new ID requirements.

Read about other restrictions in the legislation from KSAT partner Texas Tribune.


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Kolten Parker is digital executive producer at KSAT. Previously, he worked at the San Antonio Express-News and the Texas Observer.