SD19: The San Antonio Express-News’s Patrick Danner reported that Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) has amended his 2015 personal financial statement to disclose a $40K loan he had received from FourWinds Logistics, a now bankrupt frac sand trading company, in 2014. Uresti previously disclosed the loan on his 2014 personal financial statement.

SD24 open: Gov. Greg Abbott endorsed Dawn Buckingham.

Voter ID: Secretary of State Carlos Cascos kicked off the state’s voter education campaign to raise awareness of the relaxed photo identification requirements in effect for the general election.

Meanwhile, an evenly divided U.S. Supreme Court denied North Carolina’s appeal to stay a Fourth U.S. Circuit Court decision striking down much of that state’s Voter ID law. A majority vote is required to issue a stay. Thus, the circuit court’s order will remain in effect, so voting in November will operate under the laws that were in effect in 2014.

The North Carolina law is considerably broader than the Texas law because it cuts early voting dates, eliminates same-day voter registration, prohibits out-of-precinct voting and makes other changes to voter registration laws.

Straight-ticket Voting: A divided Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied an emergency appeals and declined to stay a trial court decision that prevents Michigan from eliminating its straight-ticket voting option. A trial court found that African-Americans heavily relied on the straight-ticket voting option, so eliminating it would have the effect of disenfranchising in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act and the Fourteenth Amendment.

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