‘Protecting the integrity of our elections is critical’

Governor Abbott issues statement on passage of SB1

AUSTIN, Texas – On Tuesday, Aug. 31, Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement following the passage of Senate Bill 1. SB 1 aims to protect the integrity of elections in Texas:

“Protecting the integrity of our elections is critical in the state of Texas, which is why I made election integrity an emergency item during the 87th Legislative Session. I thank Senator Brian Hughes, Representative Andrew Murr, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker Dade Phelan for stepping up to ensure that this bill made it to the finish line during the second special session. 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.”

Senate Bill 1 includes:

  • uniform statewide voting hours,
  • maintains and expands voting access for registered voters needing assistance,
  • prohibits drive-through voting
  • enhances transparency by allowing poll watchers to view more aspects of the election process
  • bans the distribution of unsolicited applications for mail-in ballots
  • and gives voters, with a defective mail-in ballot, the opportunity to correct the defect, as well.

You can access more news and updates from the Office of the Texas Governor here.