“Twenty-four-hour voting was one of a host of options Harris County introduced to help residents cast ballots, along with drive-through voting and proactively mailing out ballot applications.”

“The new alternatives, tailored to a diverse work force struggling amid a pandemic in Texas’ largest county, helped increase turnout by nearly 10% compared with 2016; nearly 70 % of registered voters cast ballots, and a task force found that there was no evidence of any fraud.
“Yet Republicans are pushing measures through the State Legislature that would take aim at the very process that produced such a large turnout.
“Two omnibus bills, including one that the House is likely to take up in the coming week, are seeking to roll back virtually every expansion the county put in place for 2020.
“The bills would make Texas one of the hardest states in the country to cast a ballot in.
“And they are a prime example of a Republican-led effort to roll back voting access in Democrat-rich cities and populous regions like Atlanta and Arizona’s Maricopa County, while having far less of an impact on voting in rural areas that tend to lean Republican.”
Link to information about task force report. texastribune.org/2020/12/18/har…

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