At Least 34

Number of special sessions of the Texas Legislature for which at least one election-related issue was part of the call since 1921.

Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a call for a special session to convene next week, and ballot-by-mail voter fraud is one of the issues on a draft supplemental call he intends to issue once the Legislature addresses the Sunset scheduling issue.

Elections are seldom marquee issues in called, or special, sessions of the Texas Legislature, but they have been sprinkled throughout the special sessions over the last century, appearing on the calls of at least 34 special sessions. The number is likely higher, particularly the farther back in time one goes. Many items on older calls referenced now-outdated statutes, acts of old Legislatures and other oblique references that could potentially involve other election-related issues.

With that caveat in mind, we list here each of the election-related issues that we found on special session calls issued since 1921. Unsurprisingly, redistricting is the most common item, appearing on 13 calls. Of particular historical significance are the creation of primaries (1923), their application to all party-nominated offices (1931), the requirement that candidates receive a majority vote (1961) and the establishment of a system of voter registration to replace the poll tax (1966).

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