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Voting

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Updated 6:06 p.m.

The deadline to register to vote in Texas has arrived. Tuesday is the final day to submit registrations or have them postmarked. The Bexar County Elections Office has taken on additional staff to handle the influx of applications.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson speaks at an opening session of the civil right organization's annual convention in San Antonio July 16, 2018.
Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Thousands of people from across the country are in downtown San Antonio this week for the annual convention of the NAACP.

The 109th gathering of the civil rights organization is focused on voting and civic engagement, with a theme of “Defeat Hate. Vote."

From Texas Standard.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 on Monday that it was OK for Ohio to remove people from voter registration rolls if those voters skip a few elections and then fail to respond to a notice from election officials. Ohio claimed this was necessary for the proper upkeep of voter registration lists and to prevent voter fraud.

Republicans have been pushing for such restrictions without much actual evidence of fraud, while Democrats have often seen such moves as attempts to suppress voting. What does the ruling mean for Texas?

Ryan Poppe

Candidates running in Texas’ primary election are attending rallies and making last minute appearances at various events — anything and everything within their power to get out the vote before Tuesday’s election.  

 

 


David Martin Davies / TPR News

Texas Democrats continue to outpace Republicans in the number of early votes cast ahead of the March primary. In some sections of the state, thousands more voters cast a ballot in the Democratic primary during the early voting period.


Chris Eudaily | Texas Public Radio

Updated 4 p.m.

Early voting for Texas’s March 6 primary starts Tuesday.

The midterm elections are often the overlooked middle child of any election cycle. But while they don’t get as much press as races during Presidential election years, the stakes are high.

Thirty six states, including Texas, are voting for governor in 2018. Midterms are especially significant for the U.S. and Texas House of Representatives, since their terms are just two years long.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The winners won’t be decided until November. Tuesday, is the first day of early voting for Texas’ midterm primary election.


Ryan Poppe

Gov. Greg Abbott’s campaign to register mail-in ballot applications for seniors ahead of the deadline is creating costly headaches for many county election officials.  


From Texas Standard.

If you were of news-consuming age 17 years ago, when then-Vice President Al Gore and then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush ran for president, you also remember the controversy over counting votes in Florida, and how the most contentious element of that election was a tiny piece of paper called a chad. Republican and Democratic election lawyers argued over which paper ballots in Florida should, and should not be counted, based on “hanging chads” and “pregnant chads” that made the voters intention unclear.

Texas hasn’t been enforcing compliance with a 30-year-old law requiring public and private high schools to hand out voter registration applications to eligible students at least twice a school year, civil rights groups say.

Even on issues where Republicans and Democrats agree on a problem, they differ on solutions. Case in point: mail-in ballot fraud.

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