Election News for July 23

Special Session: The Senate State Affairs Committee unanimously approved a bill intended to prevent mail-in ballot fraud. Senate Bill 5 by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) would increase penalties for voter fraud committed via mail-in ballots, particularly...

Federal Redistricting Trial Concludes in San Antonio

The federal trial over the districts drawn in 2013 for the Texas House of Representatives and U.S. House of Representatives has concluded. The state presented its defense during the trial’s last two days. The three-judge panel appeared skeptical of its arguments. Rep....

Election News for July 13

Redistricting: The federal trial over the districts drawn in 2013 for the Texas House of Representatives and U.S. House of Representatives continued in San Antonio for the fourth of what is now expected to be six days. Plaintiffs called their final witnesses, and the...

Election News for July 12

Redistricting: The federal trial over the districts drawn in 2013 for the Texas House of Representatives and U.S. House of Representatives continued in San Antonio. Luis Vera, legal counsel for the League of United Latin American Citizens, testified that Latinos today...

SCOTUS to Hear Partisan Gerrymandering Case

The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear oral arguments in a Wisconsin case (Gill v. Whitford) on partisan gerrymandering, a highly watched case that could significantly alter the way congressional and legislative districts are drawn. In November, a three-judge...

Abbott Calls for Special Session

Gov. Greg Abbott called the Texas Legislature back into session on July 18 to address Sunset legislation that needed to pass during the regular session. Once that has been accomplished, Abbott promised to add 19 more items to the special session call including...

Final Fate of Election Issues as Legislative Session Ends

This post had been updated to reflect Gov. Abbott’s subsequent actions on these bills. The 85th Legislature, Regular Session has adjourned sine die. While there are rumors of a special session in the air, one is not likely to include election-related issues....

Court Filing: No Special Session for Redistricting

The state “does not intend to undertake redistricting in a special session,” according to a response filed by the defendants in the ongoing Perez v. Abbott redistricting lawsuit. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the North Carolina redistricting case, U.S....