The League of Women Voters of Texas, LULAC and two elderly voters filed suit today (Friday) seeking to overturn Gov. Greg Abbott’s proclamation requiring counties to have a single drop-off location for absentee ballots returned personally. The suit challenges Abbott’s assertion that his proclamation was intended to enhance ballot security.

“There have been no security issues with these drop-off locations, all of which have been staffed with authorized election officials capable of checking voters’ identification,” the plaintiffs assert. “The governor identified no security benefit to restricting the number of properly staffed ballot drop-off locations in a county.”

Voter Registration Deadline: Monday is the deadline for Texans to register to vote or update their registration to cast a ballot in the November 3 general election.

Court of Criminal Appeals: The Dallas Morning News endorsed Judge Kevin Yeary (R) for Place 4 and Judge David Newell (R) for Place 9.

PRES (Lean Republican): A Hart Research Associates poll conducted for the Human Rights Campaign shows President Trump leading Democratic challenger Joe Biden, 49%-47%. The poll of 400 likely voters was in the field September 17-19 and 24-27 and has a ±4.9% margin of error.

SEN (Lean Republican): U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s (R) campaign released a new ad, “Detective,” featuring a McLennan Co. sheriff’s detective and focusing on law enforcement budgets.

CD1 (Safe Republican): The Houston Chronicle endorsed Democratic challenger Hank Gilbert over U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler).

CD10 (Toss Up): The Houston Chronicle endorsed U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R).

CD21 (Toss Up): The campaign of Democratic challenger Wendy Davis released a new ad, “Human Lives,” criticizing U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Austin) over coronavirus issues.

CD24 open (Toss Up): The campaign of Republican nominee Beth Van Duyne released a new ad, “Energy Jobs,” criticizing Democratic nominee Candace Valenzuela for a position she took as a school board member.

CD25 (Lean Republican): Democratic challenger Julie Oliver’s campaign announced she raised more than $900K during the third quarter. She raised a total of $677K through the second quarter.

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