Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced the U.S. Postal Service will delay policy changes that could impact the delivery and return of absentee ballots until after the November 3 election. In a statement, DeJoy said operational initiatives intended to improve operational efficiency “have been raised as areas of concern as the nation prepares to hold an election in the midst of a devastating pandemic. To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded.”
It is unclear in the USPS will revise its prior guidance to many state election officers, including Secretary of State Ruth Hughs, warning of a “significant risk” that lawfully requested mail ballots will not be returned in time to be counted.
Latino Survey: Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads President Trump, 66%-21%, among Hispanic/Latino voters, according to a new poll (PDF) from SOMOS Unidos. Nearly three quarters of Texas poll respondents said they were “almost certain” they would vote.
SD30 special: Pilot Point salon owner Shelley Luther said she would decide in “the next week or so” whether she will seek the seat being vacated by Sen. Pat Fallon (R-Prosper). On the Mark Davis show, she said Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) was ineligible to seek the seat because he does not meet the statutory residency requirement, a point Stickland confirmed during the broadcast. Stickland said he purchased property in Parker Co., which is within SD30, but he continues to live in Bedford. Stickland said he was impressed with Luther and was “dead set” against Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) seeking the seat.
CD21 (Toss Up): The campaign of Democratic challenger Wendy Davis released its first general election ad, “Opportunities,” a biographical piece.
Club for Growth Action released a new ad, “Selfish,” criticizing Davis for using campaign funds and legislative per diems to pay for living expenses.
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