The Secretary of State is instructing municipalities and other local jurisdictions still planning on holding elections on May 2 to postpone them to November. “If you don’t move your May 2nd election, you are subjecting voters to health risks and potential criminal violations,” said an advisory sent to local governments. “Failure to postpone your election will put your election at severe risk for an election contest.”

Gov. Greg Abbott postponed the May 26 runoff elections until July 14 and strongly encouraged local governments to postpone their May 2 general elections until November. Most have done so.

For those pressing on, early voting would begin April 20 while the state remains under Abbott’s statewide order to stay at home except for essential activities. Election workers are considered essential workers, but voters are not and remain subject to stay-at-home guidelines.

Ten of the 11 states with primary elections scheduled in April have postponed them. Wisconsin is going forward with its April 7 primary election after a federal judge declined to postpone it, saying it is not the “job of a federal district judge to act as a super health department for the state.” U.S. District Judge William Conley scolded attorneys representing the Republican-controlled General Assembly that it should have postponed the elections, saying that would have avoided what may be “a bad decision from the perspective of public health, and it could be excruciatingly bad.”

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