Controversial Election Bill Passes Texas Legislature. Here’s What’s In It.

Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), left, and Lieutenant Dan Patrick celebrate the passing of Senate Bill 1, an overhaul of the Texas Election Code.

A bill that prompted a weeks-long Democratic walkout from the Texas House of Representatives in July and August has passed the legislature.

Republican bill author Bryan Hughes, a senator from the Tyler area, says the bill will make it “easy to vote, hard to cheat,” while Democrats argue that it restricts access to the polls in ways that…