Voter ID: According to an Associated Press report, “hundreds” of Texans improperly cast ballots in November by signing a sworn statement falsely claiming they did not possess a required photo identification. The AP’s analysis of “roughly 13,500 affidavits submitted in Texas’ largest counties found at least 500 instances in which voters were allowed to get around the law by signing an affidavit and never showing a photo ID, despite indicating that they possessed one.”
The cases may not qualify as voter fraud per se, because all the individuals signing affidavits had to be registered to vote. However, they could face prosecution for perjury.
CD6: Arlington resident John Duncan has filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee to challenge U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis) as a Democrat.
Frisco: Former council member John Keating and business consultant Brandon Burden advanced to a March 25 runoff to fill an unexpired term on the city council following Saturday’s special election. Keating narrowly missed winning the 9-way special election outright, receiving 46% of the vote, and Burden received 19%. Turnout was just south of 5%. During the final month of the campaign, Keating outraised all eight of his opponents combined and outspent all but Brandon Burden, who spent just over $8K. Keating was the only candidate to report having more than $1K on hand.
Keating previously served on the council from 2010 to 2016, when he stepped down to run for the Republican nomination for the open HD33 seat. He lost the runoff to now-Rep. Justin Holland (R-Rockwall).
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