Redistricting: The latest U.S. Census data suggest that Texas could be apportioned three more Congressional seats in 2021. Census projections released earlier this week indicated Texas added nearly 433K people during 2016, the most of any state, and has added 2.7M since 2010, also the most of any state. Three additional seats would mean Texas would have 41 electoral votes for the 2024 and 2028 presidential elections.

Pre-filed Legislation: Sen.-elect Dawn Buckingham (R-Lake Travis) filed a bill that would make it an offense for a presidential elector to vote for someone other than the presidential and vice-presidential candidates who received the most votes. Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) filed a bill adding a photo identification card issued by an institution of higher education as a valid photo ID that can be shown to vote in person.

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