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Early voting begins tomorrow (Tuesday) in most jurisdictions holding runoff elections on June 8.

SD11: Galveston attorney and former District Judge Susan Criss let us know that she is challenging Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood). We previously reported Criss reactivated her campaign account for what appeared to be a challenge of Rep. Mayes Middleton (R-Wallisville) based on information in a Texas Ethics Commission report. Criss unsuccessfully sought HD23 in 2014, losing to Wayne Faircloth (45%). Taylor was unopposed in 2016. He defeated Democratic opponent Jacqueline Acquistapace, 66%-34%, for an open seat in 2012.

The 86th Legislature, Regular Session adjourned sine die today (Monday).

Most successful election-related legislation operated at the margins of election administration and voter registration. One of the most significant changes was included in House Bill 2504 by Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster), which requires minor party nominees to pay the same filing fee currently paid by Democratic and Republican primary candidates and changes the threshold for a minor party to gain automatic access to the general election ballot.

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