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Early voting for San Antonio's municipal elections starts Monday, April 24.

Vice President Pence has yet to begin a promised investigation into allegations by President Trump that millions of people voted illegally in November. But that hasn't stopped state lawmakers from taking action they say would limit voter fraud, even though the president's claims have been widely discredited.

Legislation to tighten voter ID and other requirements has already been introduced in about half the states this year. And in statehouse after statehouse, the debate has had a familiar ring.

From Texas StandardA federal judge is ordering Pasadena, Texas to submit its voting system for federal approval – marking the first such order since the Supreme Court decision in 2013 striking down the heart of the Voting Rights Act.

President-elect Donald Trump won a convincing electoral vote victory on Nov. 8, but he is claiming falsely that widespread voter fraud cost him the popular vote.

The latest totals show Hillary Clinton leading Trump in the popular vote by more than 2 million. Trump tweeted on Sunday afternoon, "I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally." He did not provide evidence to back up that claim, and Trump's representatives did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

Donald Trump has not been elected president yet. What voters did on November 8th was pick the Electoral College who will vote for president on Dec 19th. 

Presently Democrat Hillary Clinton managed to capture only 228 electoral votes from the election. Republican Donald Trump won 290. It takes 270 votes to win the presidency. However, Clinton won the popular vote by almost two million. This is the second time in 16 years that the people's choice was snubbed and the winner of an archaic system is given the keys to the White House (Bush v. Gore.)

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Early voting continues to be strong throughout Texas. In Bexar County early voting locations will continue to be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Friday.

Bexar County is seeing a record turnout of early voters in this year’s general election.  Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen says 35,341 people cast ballots on Monday.  That’s almost 5,000 more than turned out on the first day of early voting in 2012. 

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The Russian consulate general in Houston has asked if its delegation can monitor polling places during the Nov. 8th election in Texas.  The state's Secretary of State Carlos Cascos not only denied the Russians' request but said if it happened they would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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Democrats and civil libertarians are applauding a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a Texas case, Evenwel v. Abbott, that challenged the way voting districts are drawn. 

It’s a ruling that may bolster the growing influence of Latino voters.

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