Texas lawmakers have two contentious voting fights ahead — if they can stay in the same room

State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, leads a prayer on the House floor on Aug. 19, 2021. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

After a standoff that lasted more than a month, the Texas House appears to have enough state representatives in Austin to conduct business. The divisions are deep, relationships are frayed and redistricting lies ahead.

Texas politicians have spent the summer fighting over voting legislation that pits Republican proposals of “election integrity” against Democratic resistance to suppression of voters, especially people of color and voters who are disabled.

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