Gov. Greg Abbott has called a second special session, which will convene on Saturday at noon. The First Called Session ends tomorrow (Friday), though it has been effectively over for weeks following House Democrats’ quorum break. His proclamation includes two election-related matters:

  • “Legislation strengthening the integrity of elections in Texas” and
  • “Legislation modifying the filing periods and related election dates, including any runoffs, for primary elections held in Texas in 2022.”

The latter item was not included in the first special session agenda. Data needed for redistricting will be released by the U.S. Census Bureau on August 12, which will begin a map-drawing process that would typically be completed by now.

Several of the other items on the list include references to specific bills passed during the regular session, but neither election-related item does so even though both were considered during the regular session.

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