As expected, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an administrative stay to prevent a lower court ruling from restoring the single-punch, straight-party voting option to the general election ballot. The state will seek an emergency stay – an administrative stay gives it time to file for one – to maintain current law through the judicial process.

Late last week, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the law eliminating the single-punch, straight-party option. In 2017, the Legislature passed House Bill 25 to eliminate the option, but it delayed implementation until this year.

SD30 special (Safe Republican): Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Election Day in SD30. We will have live results on our Twitter feed as they first become available beginning at 7 p.m. CDT and sporadically after that. Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) and Pilot Point salon owner Shelley Luther are the frontrunners for a likely runoff or a less likely outright win.

SD6 (Safe Democratic): The Houston Chronicle endorsed Sen. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston).

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