Zip Disks and Other Election News for March 12

CD21: Austin musician Rixi Melton filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission to challenge U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) as a Democrat. Bexar Co.: “At least once a year, staffers in one of Texas’ largest election offices scour the web...

Election News for March 8

HD46: Lawyers for Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) asked District Judge Brad Urrutia to throw out four of the 13 felony charges against her at a hearing today (Wednesday). Her attorneys argued that the statute of limitations had expired by the time of her indictment and...

Texas Again Leads Nation in Straight-party Voting

Once again, Texas led all states in straight-party voting. No state’s voters came close to casting more straight-party votes than Texans, and no other state saw straight-party votes represent a greater share of all votes cast than Texas. Texans cast a record 5.6M...

Study: Straight-party Voting Dictates Judicial Elections

Rice University’s Baker Institute released a research report examining the impact of straight-party voting on judicial elections in Texas, one of only two states that initially elects, and re-elects, its judiciary in partisan elections where voters have the option of...

Democrats Post Gains Across Much of Harris Co.

Harris Co. voters cast a record 472K straight-ticket Democratic votes in the general election, up 16% from 2012, while the number of straight-ticket Republican votes fell slightly from 2012. Democrats cut into Republicans’ advantage in all 11 state House districts won...