Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed the session’s main election bill into law today (Tuesday) in Tyler, and it already faces at least five lawsuits. Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) does not take effect until December 2, which means the changes in law it makes will not be in use for November 2 constitutional amendment and local elections.

“Senate Bill 1 ensures trust and confidence in our elections systems,” Abbott said in a statement. “Most importantly, it makes it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”

Numerous civil rights, disability rights and voting rights advocates disagree given the scope of such groups acting as plaintiffs in four federal and one state lawsuit already lodged against the new law:

  • LULAC Texas, Texas AFT, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans and Voto Latino filed a federal lawsuit in Austin claiming the bill’s “suppressive provisions” violate the First and Fourteenth Amendment and the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965.
  • The ARC of Texas, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Houston Area Urban League, Houston Justice and a registered voter filed a federal suit in San Antonio challenging various provisions of the bill which it argues “erect barriers to the franchise that have the intent and effect of denying the vote on account of race or color.”

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