Early voting is under way for the CD27 special election and has concluded for Saturday’s local runoff elections.

  • In Abilene, just under 5K have voted early in the council runoff between incumbent Bruce Kreitler and challenger Jack Rentz, which is a little short of the early voting total for this race in the May election.
  • In Denton Co., 3,371 voted early in person for the Denton council runoff and another 3,643 voted early in person for the Flower Mound mayoral runoff. Nearly 2K people have voted by mail countywide. Most of those votes will be cast in one of these two races.
  • In Leander, early voting numbers for the mayoral runoff exceeded early voting turnout for the May election by about 12%.

Primary Turnout: Following Tuesday’s primary elections, turnout in Texas has slipped to 21st out of the 26 states that have held primaries so far this year.

CD27 special: The Corpus Christi Caller-Times endorsed Michael Cloud for the special election to fill the unexpired term of former U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi).

Harris Co.: Commissioners unanimously set an August 25 special election for a $2.5B bond package to fund flood protection projects. The election falls on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall.

Austin: Council member Ora Houston announced she would not seek re-election. Former Travis Co. Democratic chair Vincent Harding announced he would run for the seat. Community organizer Lewis Conway Jr., community advocate Natasha Harper-Madison and homeless coalition director Mariana Salazar are already in the race.

Edinburg ISD: The school board voted to spend nearly $375K to purchase voting equipment so it could run its own elections in November instead of contracting with Hidalgo Co. Adding in payroll costs and other supplies, the district will spend more than five times the amount the county would typically charge to administer the election.

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