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Democrats leave Texas.

Around 50 Democrats have fled Texas and flown to Washington DC to stop local Republicans from passing a new law

The Bill seeks to tighten voting rules by outlawing polling places and drive-through voting booths. It also seeks to stop ballot drop boxes and increase the powers of partisan poll watchers.

The Democrats said they will not return until the 30-day voting session expires. But Republicans currently control the Texas House of Representatives and the Senate, which leaves Democrats with limited options.

However, the departure of House Democrats will disable the proposed Bill from proceeding. The Bill requires two-thirds of lawmakers to be present for a vote.

Democrat Chris Turner says the fight is shifting to the nation’s capital.

“We are now taking the fight to our nation’s Capitol. We are living on borrowed time in Texas.”

The move comes after a surge of voting restrictions in Republican-led states.

But the Democrats who fled Texas risk being arrested. Under state law, elected representatives can be legally compelled to return to Texas.

Texas’ House Speaker Dade Phelan, says the lawmakers would use “every available resource” to secure a quorum. The departure marks nearly 20 years since state Democrats have left Texas and broken quorum.

This latest move comes as US President Joe Biden is under pressure to overhaul voter legislation.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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