Early Voting continues for the May 6 elections in jurisdictions holding them. Overall, turnout is low, consistent with historical averages, through the first three days of early voting:
- In Bexar Co., 21,755 people have voted early in person, up 28% from the same period in 2015 and about 30% ahead of 2013.
- In El Paso Co., turnout is lagging behind 2015.
- In Harris Co., a total of 6,782 voters have cast ballots early in person or by mail. Turnout is average fewer than 10 voters a day in five polling locations. Turnout is highest at Pasadena City Hall, which has accounted for 28% of all in-person voters so far.
- In Potter and Randall Cos., turnout for the Amarillo election is ahead of the 2015 pace. A total of 3,504 residents had cast ballots through three days.
Unlike primary and November general elections, uniform election turnout is not collected by the state, so data availability is spotty.
CD18: Spring educator Jessica Peterka has filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee for a potential challenge to U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston) as an independent.
CD25: Bee Cave IT manager and political podcaster Ben Garves has filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee for a potential challenge to U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (R-Austin) as a Democrat. His campaign logo features an upside-down Democratic Party donkey.
Stockman Trial: U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal granted the request of former U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman’s (R-Clear Lake) attorney to delay his trial until January 29, 2018. The trial was originally scheduled to begin June 5.
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