Election News for April 11

AG: The criminal securities fraud trial of Attorney General Ken Paxton will be held in Harris Co., ordered District Judge George Gallagher. In a terse statement, Gallagher said he chose Harris Co. because both sides’ lead counsels were based there and the county “has...

Local Runoff News for December 13

Austin: Council member Sheri Gallo lost her runoff against challenger Alison Alter, 64%-36%. Gallo, who narrowly missed an outright win in the November general election, lost 70% of her voters. She is the second Austin council member to fall this election cycle,...

Runoff News and a New D.A. for Dallas Co.

Runoffs: Early voting in person is ongoing in some jurisdictions holding runoff elections on Saturday (or other dates) and has ended in others. Runoffs were required for some city, school district and other local district offices for which no candidate received a...

Campaign News for October 25

PRES: The Dallas Morning News’s Jamie Lonegrove tweeted total campaign contributions to presidential nominees from Texas in the last three election cycles. He determined that Hillary Clinton’s $18.3M is almost equal to Barack Obama’s 2012 efforts ($18.6M) and ahead of...

Campaign News for October 11

Campaign Finance. Today was the deadline for 30-day-out campaign finance reports from candidates for statewide, legislative and other state and local offices for which reports must be filed. We expect most of these reports will be available online from the Texas...

Endorsement News for September 28

TLR Endorsements: The Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC announced its endorsements for the general election. All but one of the endorsed candidates are Republicans, and all but one of them running for statewide or legislative office have a Democratic opponent and are...

Campaign News for September 19

Voter ID: U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos sided with the Voter ID suit plaintiffs who argued that state election officials were misleading voters about court-ordered remedies to the Voter ID law. She ordered the state to accurately describe the procedures a...

Campaign News for August 22

Voter ID: In a filing, the state informed the federal judge overseeing the ongoing Voter ID litigation that it will “seek Supreme Court review of the Fifth Circuit’s opinion.” Further, the state argued that the district court should not go forward with “further...

Campaign News for August 4

HD92: The League of Women Voters hosted a candidate forum tonight at the Hurst Public Library. Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford), his Democratic challenger Kim Leach, and Green Party candidate Travis Christal participated. Videos posted to social media showed it to...

Campaign News for July 28

Updated to correct an error in the date of the HD146 precinct chairs’ meeting. HD120 open: As of 3 p.m. today, no one had used the court-ordered “reasonable impediment affidavit” because they lacked required photo identification during the first four days of...

Campaign News for July 27

HD120 open: A total of 36 people voted in person today in the HD120 special runoff election between independent Laura Thompson and Democrat Lou Miller, bringing the three-day total to 119. The total does not include ballots by mail, of which there are likely to be...

Campaign News for July 21

Voter Fraud Investigation. The Secretary of State’s Director of Elections has asked the Attorney General for “assistance in reviewing allegations of criminal activity in Hill County elections.” A complaint filed by Philip Harris of Direct Action Texas alleges that as...