Postal Service Warns of Mail Ballot Delays

The U.S. Postal Service warned Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughes that there is a “significant risk” that lawfully requested mail ballots will not be returned in time to be counted. Voters “should submit their ballot request early enough so it is received by their...

Polls Show Close Race for CD24 and Other News for August 6

CD24 open (Toss Up): A pair of polls indicate a close race but differ widely on how set voters are in their choices. The Democrat-aligned House Majority PAC released a poll (PDF) showing Candace Valenzuela (D) leading former Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne (R), 47%-41%,...

Independent Filings and Endorsement News for January 9

Forty-four candidates filed declarations of intent to run as an independent for U.S. Senate, Congress, the Texas Senate and the Texas House by the December 9 deadline. This is down from the 68 who filed declarations for 2018 but still much higher than the 15 who filed...

Filing Period Set to Open for 2020 Candidates

Filing for the 2020 election begins tomorrow (Saturday). In Texas, candidates for county, state and federal elective office are nominated for the general election by their respective political parties unless they are running as an independent or write-in candidate....

Lawsuit Targets State’s Ballot Access Laws

A group of voters, candidates and minor parties has filed a federal lawsuit against the state seeking to strike down several statutory provisions relating to ballot access on the basis that they violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Under current law, minor...

Independents Certified and Other News for June 27

The Secretary of State has certified eight independent candidates for the November general election ballot. All but one of the certified candidates are seeking congressional seats: Scott Cubbler of Houston for CD2 Benjamin Hernandez of Houston for CD9 Kesha Rogers of...

SD19, Independent Candidate Filing Update

SD19 special: Pleasanton retired game warden Pete Flores and San Antonio real estate agent Carlos Antonio Raymond filed as Republicans for the special election to fill the remaining two-plus years of former Sen. Carlos Uresti’s (D-San Antonio) term. Flores received...

No, the General Election Ballot Is Not Yet Set

After Tuesday’s runoffs, we now know all of the Republican and Democratic nominees for the general election. We already knew all of the Libertarian Party’s nominees following their state convention. Collectively, these are the vast majority of candidates who will end...

HD120: Making Sense of Confusing Election Cycle

Overlapping timelines and different slates of candidates in HD120 have confused many people, including the voters of the district. On the eve of the third election to affect HD120 this year, we will try to explain how we got here and where this is all headed. Barbara...

HD120: Abbott Sets Potential Date with History

Gov. Greg Abbott set the special runoff election between independent Laura Thompson and Democrat Lou Miller for August 2. Early voting will occur July 25-29. The winner will serve the remainder of former Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon’s (D-San Antonio) unexpired...