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Texas in particular has drastically reduced the number of in person voting polls. Places like Harris Co are infamous for six hour lines to get in to vote. With the current law in Texas(which is the subject here), this year there will be even fewer in person voting polls in Harris Co, and elsewhere.

Why? My understanding is that the Texas bill doesn't really have any significant provisions that effect in-person election day voting. Here's a summary, and a link to the bill text below that:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/07/politics/what-texas-voting-bi...
https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/872/billtext/pdf/SB00001F....

Almost all of the major voter-facing changes relate to absentee and non-election day voting (drop-boxes, early voting, etc.). None appear to affect election day polling places.

There were some significant changes to polling place locations in earlier versions of the bill (particularly one of the Senate proposals), but those all got dropped prior to adoption. I couldn't find any that survived into the final version of the bill - was there something else?

Republicans are betting that reducing mail in voting will benefit Republicans this time around

That may certainly be true. After Trump convinced so much of the GOP base that absentee voting is bad, that has created a massive skew - so trying to cut down on absentee voting might now help them more than it would have in elections past.

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