Vote-by-mail rejections are testing integrity of Texas Republicans’ voting law
With less than a month left to vote by mail in the March primary election, hundreds of applications for mail-in ballots are being rejected as both Texas voters and local election officials decipher new ID requirements enacted by Republican lawmakers.
Fort Bend Co. judge explains new elections process, addresses mail ballot application discrepancies
Fort Bend County Judge KP George held a press conference Friday afternoon to raise awareness of the new election process following the passing of Senate Bill 1 and address concerns over mail ballot application discrepancies.
Analysis: Texas government is business-friendly, but not businesslike
Business people running elections might try to remove obstacles to make everything smooth and secure for voters. But a kink in the supply chain for voter registration forms in Texas highlights a venerable distinction: Government doesn't run like a business.
Analysis: A Texas election in the shade of government’s third branch
Challenges to new Texas laws on voting, political districts and abortion are all pending in court, as is the state’s challenge to federal vaccine mandates. But until the courts rule, those laws remain in place — and they provide political fodder for the incumbents who support them.
First part of Texas’ 2020 election audit reveals few issues, echoes findings from review processes already in place
An initial review of four counties’ election results — launched after pressure from former President Donald Trump and touted by GOP leaders — showed few discrepancies between electronic and hand counts of ballots in a sample of voting precincts.
Texas’ renewed voter citizenship review is still flagging citizens as “possible non-U.S. citizens”
The secretary of state’s office says it is following the legal settlement agreement it entered in 2019 after botching its first review effort. But scores of citizens are still being marked for citizenship verification — and possible removal from the rolls.
Early votes increase by 500 in McAllen District 1 runoff election
There were 1,330 ballots cast during early voting that ended Tuesday for the McAllen District 1 commissioner special runoff election between attorney Javier Villalobos and businessman Timothy Wilkins. Early voting this time saw 500 more votes cast than during the early voting period in January’s three-person special election. During the runoff election, Wilkins spent $15,613 compared to Villalobos’ $4,015, according to eight-day campaign finance report filings with the city secretary’s office. The early voting period partially overlapped with the Texas primary election early voting period. District 1 voters can cast ballots Saturday, election day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Gonzalez Elementary School.myrgv.com
Opportunity was snatched away from Dallas County Latino communities when Texas Republicans redrew congressional maps
Dallas-area Latinos hoped their growing numbers would finally translate into political clout this year through the creation of a new congressional district anchored by their communities. Instead, their neighborhoods were splintered between numerous white-majority districts.
Analysis: Texas Republican lawmakers pleased most of their own voters, most of the time
They didn't make a majority of Texas voters happy on a single issue, but the Republican majority in the Legislature made most of their own voters happy — and then drew maps that minimize political threats to them in the November general election.
Analysis: Early signs point to another Republican-dominated election cycle in Texas
Republican incumbents enter their reelection campaigns well ahead of their Republican challengers and with most voters unacquainted with the Democratic challengers in the field, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
U.S. Department of Justice files suit against Texas over voting law saying SB 1 improperly restricts, harms voters
The U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas and the Texas Secretary of State over voting procedures it deems restrictive that have been put into place by Texas Senate Bill 1, which was signed into law in September 2021.
Justice Department sues Texas over new voting law, targeting restrictions on mail-in ballots and voter assistance
The elderly, voters with disabilities and voters with limited English proficiency risk disenfranchisement under sweeping legislation Texas Republicans pushed through earlier this year, the justice department argues in its legal challenge to Senate Bill 1.
Texans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz join GOP senators to block voting rights bill that would have protected voters of color
In a final push to secure federal voting rights legislation this year, congressional Democrats failed to secure the necessary votes to avoid a GOP filibuster on the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
DECISION 2021: See election results tonight for Texas propositions, local school districts, and more
The polls closed in Texas at 7 p.m. Below you can access results from across the state and the greater Houston area. After the statewide propositions, you’ll see a list of school district trustee and bond election results, followed by municipal election results.
Republicans say Texas’ new political maps are “race blind.” To some voters of color, that translates as political invisibility.
With partisan fervor, Republicans drew new maps for Congress and the Legislature that dilute the power of voters of color. Now the lawsuits begin, as groups that feel marginalized battle for representation in the halls of power.
Texas Republicans send Gov. Greg Abbott a new congressional map that protects GOP power, reduces influence of voters of color
After a few last-minute alterations, the state's new congressional districts are drawn and await the scrutiny of federal courts. Already, one lawsuit has been filed claiming the new maps intentionally discriminate against Latino voters.
With surgical precision, Republicans draw two congressional districts that dilute power of Hispanic and Asian voters
The GOP is losing its hold on suburbs of Dallas and Fort Worth as they grow more diverse. Two new districts show how far the party is reaching to entrench rural, white electoral power.
Texas Senate takes another run at supposed election fraud, approving audits of 2020 results and tougher illegal voting penalties
The bills reflect GOP efforts to further tighten voting laws, and pressure from former President Donald Trump on Texas Republicans to help advance his baseless election fraud claims. They are not expected to go far in the House.
Beto O’Rourke on Matthew McConaughey: “I don’t know how he feels about any of the issues”
In a Texas Tribune Festival interview, the former member of Congress discussed the fight for voting rights, his takeaways from his last two runs for office and speculation about his becoming a candidate for governor.
Gov. Greg Abbott signs Texas voting bill into law, overcoming Democratic quorum breaks
SB 1 makes up Republicans’ third attempt to pass a far-reaching law that restricts how and when voters cast ballots. It takes particular aim at voting initiatives used in diverse, Democratic Harris County in the 2020 election.
Gov. Abbott signed the Senate Bill 1 into law Tuesday. Here is what you need to know
Gov. Greg Abbott signed <a href="https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/872/billtext/pdf/SB00001I.pdf#navpanes=0">Senate Bill 1</a>, which is what he also calls the “election integrity bill,” into law on Tuesday in Tyler, Texas.
Texas must pay $6.8 million in legal fees to parties who challenged voter ID law, federal appeals court says
The case ricocheted through federal courts for nearly seven years and over several elections, with federal judges ruling that Texas lawmakers discriminated against Hispanic and Black voters when crafting one of the nation’s strictest voter ID laws.
Before the legislation is even signed, Texas’ new voting rules are challenged in two federal lawsuits
Harris County joined a coalition of community and advocacy groups filing lawsuits over Senate Bill 1, arguing the far-reaching rewrite of Texas voting laws violates the U.S. Constitution and numerous federal laws and will suppress voters.
Texas Senate too late with hastily conjured bill allowing party officials to trigger audits of 2020 election
The bill, approved by the Senate and never considered by the House, would have allowed state and local party chairs to file requests to launch audits, but Republicans say the legislation would not have spawned a debacle akin to the controversial review underway in Arizona.
Barely underway, Texas redistricting draws its first lawsuit challenging Legislature’s authority to redraw legislative maps
Two Democratic state senators filed the federal suit arguing the Texas Constitution does not allow lawmakers to meet in special session to draw up state House and Senate districts. They’re asking the courts to do it instead.
Republican bill tightening Texas election laws is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk
Senate Bill 1 rewrites Texas election laws to further restrict the voting-by-mail process and outlaw local voting initiatives meant to widen access, namely those pushed by Harris County that were disproportionately used by voters of color.
The hard-fought Texas voting bill is poised to become law. Here's what it does.
Senate Bill 1 would set new rules for voting by mail, boost protections for partisan poll watchers and roll back local voting initiatives meant to make it easier to vote, namely those championed by Harris County that were disproportionately used by voters of color.
Early voting begins for Georgia Senate runoff elections
Early voting begins for Georgia Senate runoff elections Early voting began Monday in Georgia for the two runoff elections that will determine control of the U.S. Senate. Early voting ends on January 1, followed by Election Day on January 5. CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns joins CBSN from Atlanta with the latest.cbsnews.com
Texas county likely becomes first to surpass 2016 voter turnout in 2020
Voting records in Texas are continuing to be broken as early voting continues. ELECTION 2020: Harris, Dallas, Travis counties shatter first-day voting records in TexasHays County lies just south of Austin and includes San Marcos. Harris County Public Health/Texas Department of State Health ServicesAccording to the Texas Secretary of State's website, Hays County saw 71,945 voters in the 2016 election between Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump. According to Wasserman, Collin, Comal, Denton and Williamson counties should also soon surpass their 2016 voter totals. Harris County is well on its way to surpassing 2016 totals.chron.com
Harris County reaches 1 million ballots cast during early voting, breaking record
Harris County hit a huge milestone this afternoon. At 2:47 p.m. Oct. 23, Harris County surpassed 1 million ballots and set an all-time early voting record, Houston Chronicle's Zach Despart reports. Houston Chronicle's Zach Despart reports that Harris County is on track to see 1 million early votes Friday afternoon, an all-time record. If the early voting pace continues during Election Day, Harris County will likely break its current record for the election with the highest participation; 1.34 million votes were cast in 2016. Harris County saw more than 100,000 votes each day during the first four days of early voting.chron.com