Early voting has concluded in most jurisdictions holding elections on Saturday.

Single-punch Repeal: A bill that would end the practice of voting for every candidate of one political party using a single punch or other action is on the House calendar for Friday. House Bill 25 by Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton) was approved by the House Elections Committee on a 5-2 party-line vote in March. Voters would still be able to vote a straight ticket by casting votes for each candidate of their chosen party individually.

Note: Jeff Blaylock, publisher of Texas Election Source, is on record as being in favor of House Bill 25.

Empower Texans’ Best/Worst List: The conservative group Texans for Fiscal Responsibility/Empower Texans is asking its followers to vote for the best and worst lawmakers of 2017. Web site visitors may select up to 10 of each. The group has nominated 22 legislators for the best category and 24 for the worst category, though voters may fill in the name of someone else. Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) is in both groups “because he talks out of both sides of his mouth.” No Democrats appear on either list.

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