AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he will sign radical changes to the state’s electoral code that would make it difficult (sometimes even legally riskier) to vote. Both the Texas House and Senate passed legislation Tuesday. Some of the most significant changes in legislation relate to partisan observers of the polls, the volunteers deployed by the two major parties to observe the vote and the count. Republicans have also written legislation to explicitly backtrack on ways in which Democratic counties made voting more accessible during the pandemic, including options to drive through the polls and vote 24 hours a day. The Texas bill also adds more steps and paperwork for voters who submit their ballots.