In a written opinion (PDF), Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R) determined that Gov. Greg Abbott (R) could call an emergency special election to fill the unexpired term of former U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi), who resigned earlier this month.

Citing the region’s ongoing recovery for Hurricane Harvey and the fact that every county within CD27 remains under disaster declaration, Paxton determined that Section 418.016(a), Government Code authorizes Abbott to suspend provisions of the Election Code that would require a special election be held in November.

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