By an 18-4 parry-line vote, the Senate passed Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola). Nine of the chamber’s 13 Democrats were in Washington, D.C., with more than 50 House Democrats to advocate for federal election legislation.

Seven amendments were added to the bill, including these by unanimous votes:

  • Clarifying the definition of “ballot harvesting” so that it does not affect campaigns
  • Clarifying the Voter ID requirement for mail ballots
  • Clarifying who can be in the car when a voter casts a ballot curbside
  • Permitting county commissioners to use temporary polling sites in certain circumstances; and
  • Requiring the Secretary of State to develop a manual for poll watchers.

Amendments to strike prohibitions on 24-hour voting and drive-through voting failed on party-line votes (Note: the Senate does not make floor amendments available online during debate on the bill.).

The bill cannot progress any further once it goes to the House until a quorum is re-established. A companion measure, House Bill 3 by Rep. Andrew Murr (R-Junction), received committee approval but cannot be considered on the House floor until a quorum is re-established.

Campaign Finance: A rare alignment of filing deadlines occurs Thursday.

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