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April 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 08: Demonstrators stand outside of the Capitol building in opposition to House Bill 531 on March 8, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. HB531 will restrict early voting hours, remove drop boxes, and require the use of a government ID when voting by mail. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)

Lawmakers in all but three states have introduced bills aimed at restricting ballot access, according to a new tally by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.

(CNN)Lawmakers in all but three states have introduced bills aimed at restricting ballot access, according to a new tally by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.

Their latest report finds 361 bills restricting voting have been introduced in 47 states as of March 24.

The Brennan Center's previous tally identified 253 restrictive bills in 43 states in February.

Three states have led the country in the number of bills that aim to restrict the vote: Texas with 49 bills; Georgia, 25; and Arizona, 23.

The rise reflects a sharp contrast to a year ago -- before the Covid-19 pandemic and well before the 2020 presidential election -- when state lawmakers were far less interested in restricting voting access.

The Brennan Center's review of state legislation in February 2020 identified only 35 restrictive bills in 15 states.

Republicans currently control both chambers of 30 state legislatures, including in Texas, Georgia and Arizona.

The only three states that had not yet introduced a voting bill with restrictive provisions are Delaware, Ohio and Vermont.

Texas has introduced 25 bills that would limit absentee and mail-in voting, more than any other state.

Georgia and Arizona -- two key battlegrounds that flipped from 2016 to vote for President Joe Biden in 2020 -- follow Texas with 20 and 14 introduced bills targeting absentee voting, respectively.

As the current leader for the most restrictive bills introduced overall, Texas is a key state to watch as bills continue to advance in its legislature.

Seven restrictive bills have already advanced through the Texas legislature, meaning that a bill has either passed in at least one chamber or has otherwise seen action at the committee level.

State lawmakers are likely to act quickly in the upcoming months to introduce more legislation and attempt to get their bills over the finish line for the year.

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