Early voting may begin next week as ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott (R), ruled the Texas Supreme Court, essentially because the legal challenge to that order was filed too late.

“Relators could have asserted their challenge at any time in the past ten weeks,” wrote Chief Justice Nathan Hecht (R) in the majority opinion (PDF). “Moreover, the election is already underway.”

Meanwhile, in an unsigned per curiam opinion (PDF), the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the Election Code “does not authorize an early-voting clerk to send an application to vote by mail to a voter who has not requested one.” The ruling prevents Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins (D) from implementing plans to do so.

PRES/SEN (Lean Republican): A new Civiqs poll conducted for Democrat-aligned Daily Kos finds President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden tied, 48%-48%, and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) leading Democratic challenger M.J. Hegar, 47%-46%. A new Data for Progress poll finds Biden leading Trump, 47%-45%, and Cornyn leading Hegar, 45%-42%. A new EMC Research poll conducted for Blue Texas PAC also found the presidential race tied, 49%-49%.

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