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2020 Election

Courtesy of the Poor People's Campaign

Approximately 43.5% of the U.S. population — 140 million people — are either living in poverty or are low income. But millions of them don’t vote and fall short of political representation.

A new report released by the Poor People’s Campaign explores the voting potential of this population.

For our complete 2020 election coverage, click here.

For this week’s Here & Now District Profile, we look at the race in Texas’ 21st Congressional district. Republican Congressman Chip Roy is facing a challenge from Democrat Wendy Davis, a former state Senator who made headlines in 2013 when she led a filibuster on an anti-abortion law.

Congressman Joaquin Castro spoke about local concerns at the post office and postal processing center on Perrin Beitel Road Aug. 18, 2020.
Jolene Almendarez | Texas Public Radio

The delivery of medicine, packages, bills and letters has been delayed across the country as a result of new controversial changes issued by the Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

A voter walks into a San Antonio polling place for the Super Tuesday primary on March 3, 2020.
Lauren Terrazas | Texas Public Radio

Bexar County Commissioners met on Tuesday to discuss a myriad of concerns related to COVID-19, including the November election, housing assistance and the overall unease of the public health crisis.

Delivery Bar Code Sorters like this one are being removed accross the country.

Widespread U.S. Postal Service mail delays — and the removal of mail sorting machines — have brought Congress back from vacation early to hold hearings and pass legislation. Democratic lawmakers and many members of the public have worried it will impact November’s election. Local postal workers say those issues are going on right here in San Antonio.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

This story was updated Aug. 13 at 9:15 p.m.

After approval from the City Council Thursday, San Antonio voters will decide on a temporary sales tax to fund economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of job training. The city council passed the measure 9–2.

David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to affect residents' day-to-day life for the foreseeable future, as well as bigger events — like the 2020 election.

What can be done to make Bexar County voters feel as safe as possible when they head to the polls in November?

From Texas Standard:

By all accounts, 2020 is an unusual election year. The coronavirus pandemic and a highly polarized political landscape make it a challenge to predict how voters will decide the presidential race as well as other national and local races. For Texans, the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican John Cornyn and Democratic challenger MJ Hegar is among the most prominent contests on the ballot, and both candidates must navigate several major challenges to be successful. 

The San Antonio City Council approved to give $25 million to residents in need on Thursday, April 23.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

San Antonio's 1/8-cent sales tax currently goes to the Edwards Aquifer, but the deal is set to expire this year. Prior to COVID-19 and subsequent economic fallout, Mayor Ron Nirenberg wanted to reallocate that portion of the tax for transit initiatives, pending voter approval. 

The U.S. Postal Service, often overlooked and taken for granted as a part of everyday American life, was written into the Constitution as necessary to provide dispersed citizens open access to secure and private communication. But now the USPS is facing financial instability and politicization that could affect its long-relied-upon service in an election and decennial census year.