A group of some 50 trade associations and companies, including corporate giants such as HP, Microsoft and American Airlines, released a letter Tuesday urging elected leaders to “oppose any changes that would restrict eligible voters’ access to the ballot.” The letter came from a coalition known as Fair Elections Texas.

A separate group of Houston-area business leaders, meanwhile, sent a letter to Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan and members of Texas’ Legislature, warning that the restrictions “will inevitably damage our competitiveness in attracting businesses and workers to Houston” if they become law.

The last-minute lobbying is another test of the increasingly strained relationship between corporate America and the Republican lawmakers who have sided with former President Donald Trump and his efforts to spread falsehoods about election fraud. Republican officials in Washington have threatened retribution for companies that take a…

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