Mission: Visiting Judge Bonner Dorsey voided the results of the June runoff in which Armando O’Caña ousted longtime Mayor Beto Salinas, 51%-49%. For two weeks, a series of witnesses testified, in varying degrees of clarity and consistency, about ways in which votes may have been cast illegally or voters were assisted illegally. Dorsey said he found clear and convincing evidence that at least 158 illegal votes were cast. O’Caña’s margin of victory was 157 votes. O’Caña remains mayor pending appeal.
Voter Registration: Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote for the general election.
Meanwhile, the Secretary of State’s office rejected more than 2K applications that were filed online through Vote.org. Those applications were filed with digital photos of applicants’ signatures. The Secretary of State interprets state law to require original signatures on applications. Texas is one of 12 states that does not permit online voter registration.
GOV: The Dallas Morning News’s Robert Garrett reported that the Texas Ethics Commission fined the campaign of former Dallas Co. Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) for late campaign finance filings. The commission unanimously approved the $1K fine, which was one of dozens of fines assessed on candidates and PACs, during Thursday’s open meeting.
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