Gov. Greg Abbott has extended the early voting period for the July 14 runoffs by one week. Early voting will begin June 29 (instead of July 6) and conclude July 10. In his proclamation, Abbott said it was necessary so that “election officials can implement appropriate social distancing and safe hygiene practices.” In an advisory, the Secretary of State’s office said it would issue guidance, included recommendations to protect the health and safety of poll workers and voters, by early next week.
SD14 special: The campaign of former Austin council member Don Zimmerman announced he filed for the July 14 special election today (Monday) as a Republican. Austin public policy analyst Adryana Aldeen tweeted that she would be making “my special announcement” about the race on Tuesday. She is expected to run as a Republican if she enters the race.
Mail Ballot Lawsuit: A group of voters and civil rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the process of voting by mail in Texas. While other lawsuits are seeking to expand the eligibility to vote by mail, this suit challenges several provisions of Texas law that define how voters register for and return ballots by mail. “Even if all registered voters are eligible to vote by mail in Texas in the November election, that would not be sufficient to prevent the serious risk of disenfranchisement and threats to public health that will occur” if current laws are retained.
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