Filing for the 2020 election is underway. Our Crib Sheets have up-to-date filing status of the candidates we are tracking. At least 160 candidates have already filed.

Motor Voter: The Fifth Court of Appeals overturned an April 2018 lower court ruling requiring the state to provide an online means of registering vote because the plaintiffs lacked standing. The district court granted summary judgment and ordered the state to provide voters a means of registering to vote when they update a driver’s license online.

Today’s ruling deals only with the narrow issue of standing (PDF) and does not address whether the state is in fact in violation of the federal National Voter Registration Act of 1993. “Although we have no occasion to decide the merits of Plaintiffs’ claims,” wrote Circuit Judge James Ho in a concurring opinion, Plaintiffs’ lack of standing “does not prevent us from acknowledging that Plaintiffs … were unable to exercise their right to vote in past election cycles. And it is a right they will never be able recover.”

About three dozen states offer some form of online voter registration. The states that do not currently offer it are Arkansas, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.

Rep. Dan Flynn

Rep. Dan
Flynn

HD2: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) for re-election.

HD10 open: Oak Leaf resident Robert “Zack” Rader filed as a Republican for the seat being vacated by Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie).

HD74 open: Eagle Pass city attorney Eddie Morales announced he would seek the seat being vacated by Rep. Poncho Nevárez (D-Eagle Pass) as a Democrat.

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