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LWV Texas Public Statements

Published On 5/25/2022
It is hard to find the words to respond to the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 students and 2 adults. The shooter bought one of the AR-15 style assault guns on May 17 (the day after he turned 18) from a licensed federal firearms dealer.
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Published On 5/3/2022
On May 2, 2022, Politico published a leaked draft opinion of the Supreme Court indicating the Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that found that women have a constitutional right to abortion. The proposed 98 page opinion authored by Justice Alito can be found at https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/02/supreme-court-abortion-draft-opinion-00029473. Five Justices, including Alito are shown as joining in the decision.

This opinion is not final, and it is expected that the official decision will be issued towards the end of the Court’s term in late June. In the meantime, abortion is still legal.
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Published On 4/22/2022
Austin, TX - Early voting for the 2022 Local and Special Constitutional Amendment Election begins Monday, April 25th and lasts through Tuesday, May 3rd. Election Day is May 7th, which is also the last day for Vote by Mail ballots to be received at election offices.
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Published On 4/7/2022
When the statewide rejection rate of ballots by mail is 12.4%, up from 1% in the 2020 election, there is something seriously wrong with our democracy. Just under 25,000 or one in eight vote by mail ballots were not counted in the primary election. This is the direct result of the anti-voter bill SB1 pushed through the Texas legislature and signed by the governor. It is appalling that our legislators choose to avoid their responsibility to the voters of Texas by not examining this high Vote By Mail rejection rate in the interim charges.
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Published On 3/17/2022
The US House Administration committee’s subcommittee on Elections held a hearing on Thursday March 17 about Voting in America: “Ensuring Free and Fair Access to the Ballot in Texas. The LWVTX submitted a statement for the record to the committee which included stories directly from Texas voters and the issues they faced in the recent primary following the enactment of SB1, the new law governing TX elections
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Published On 3/8/2022
We applaud the professionalism that the Harris County Election Administrator, Isabel Longoria, and her staff demonstrated during this very complicated and confusing election. That these challenges led to Ms. Longoria's resignation is unfortunate.
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Published On 3/8/2022
The League of Women Voters of Texas conducted its eighth review of all 254 Texas county election websites in February 2022 in preparation for the March 2022 Primary Election.
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Published On 3/2/2022
Texas held the first 2022 primary election in the nation under the additional stress of a new, massive election bill, Senate Bill 1, which created even more challenges for voters in Texas
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Published On 2/18/2022
LWV Texas Voters Guide Policies

Through our Voters Guide, the League seeks to educate voters about candidates and elections. For the 2022 Primary Election, we reached out to all candidates who are opposed in their races. Our policies regarding candidate responses are as follows:

Candidate replies are printed without editing or verification.
References to opponents or specific persons are not allowed.
In place of an inappropriate response, the Voters Guide will state “Candidate’s response did not meet the criteria listed in this Voters Guide.”
Videos that do not comply are removed.
Candidates who do not respond to our questionnaire by the print deadline are listed with the notation “No response received.” Their information may be in VOTE411.org.
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Published On 1/22/2022
One of the League’s favorite and most important endeavors is to register Texas voters. We have worked for years with state and local officials to register voters in high schools, colleges, on the street, and at naturalization ceremonies. We were recently told by the office of the Texas Secretary of State that the League needed to raise our own funds so that we have enough Texas state voter registration forms to register voters at naturalization ceremonies.
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Published On 1/22/2022
Today, the League of Women Voters of Texas and Campaign Legal Center sent a letter to Texas Secretary of State John Scott in response to his office’s practice of severely limiting voter registration forms provided to voter registration organizations in the state — in violation of the National Voter Registration Act. The letter notifies Scott of the League’s intent to sue if the state does not provide the needed registration forms to the League and other voter registration organizations. Texas does not provide an online registration option for new voters.
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Published On 1/4/2022
The League of Women Voters of Texas urges the Secretary of State to review the process by which people are identified as potential non-US citizens before more letters are sent out to prevent mass disenfranchisement.
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Published On 1/4/2022
Deadlines to Vote in the March Primary Election are approaching! The League of Women Voters of Texas provides information on new voting processes.
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Published On 12/13/2021
On Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at noon, the League of Women Voters of Texas will join The Arc of Texas, Disability Rights Texas, and REV UP Texas to present a free one-hour webinar to review the new election laws enacted by the 87th Texas Legislature. The presenters will focus on changes to vote by mail, curbside voting and giving assistance to voters. The goal of this webinar is to lessen the impact of election law changes felt by voters with disabilities and those over 65.
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Published On 12/10/2021
Today the US Supreme Court ruled in Whole Women's Health v. Jackson that abortion providers have the right to challenge a Texas law banning abortion after six weeks and deputizing private citizens to carry out the law.
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Published On 12/3/2021
Share tips to Help Voters with the New Election Laws which provides a short explanation of the new 2021 election laws.Voter education impacts voter turnout! Together we can motivate and encourage Texans to vote in every election.
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Published On 11/17/2021
League of Women Voters of Texas, joined partners of Fair Maps Texas Action Committee and other individuals, in filinga federal lawsuit, Fair Maps Texas Action Committee v. Abbott.

This lawsuit challenges new Texas state legislative and Congressional district plans as unconstitutional racial gerrymanders violating both the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution. The suit details an inadequate redistricting process lacking transparency, which led to discriminatory voting maps that dilute the political power of communities of color, particularly Black, Latino, and Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters.
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Published On 10/22/2021
League of Women Voters of Texas’ Statement on Governor Abbott’s appointment of John Scott as Secretary of State.

The League of Women Voters of Texas welcomes the appointment by Governor Abbott of John Scott as interim Secretary of State, the Chief Election Officer for Texas.
One of the important duties of the Secretary of State’s job as Chief Election Officer is in assisting county election officials to run elections safely and securely in all 254 counties and ensuring all eligible Texans have the opportunity to vote. We look forward to continuing our good working relationship with the Secretary of State’s office.
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Published On 10/7/2021
LWVUS and LWVTX issued the following joint statement in response to the federal judge decision to block SB 8, the Texas bill banning any abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.

“We commend the federal judge's intervention to temporarily block this bill that denies essential healthcare. This decision is a victory for women and all people in Texas who may become pregnant.”
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Published On 9/28/2021
Austin, TX - National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. Volunteers and organizations from all over the country, including Leagues across Texas, will “hit the streets” in a single day of coordinated activities to reach tens of thousands of voters. To find a way to get involved, go to LWVTexas/League Finder and discover how to join the fun with your local League!
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Published On 9/24/2021
AUSTIN--The League of Women Voters of Texas president, Grace Chimene, issued the following statement in response to the Texas Secretary of State ordering needless and partisan election reviews of the 2020 election in 4 Texas counties.

“Our 2020 election was above reproach. During recent legislative committee hearings on election bills, the Secretary of State’s office testified that the November 2020 election was smooth and secure. Yesterday, former president Trump demanded that Governor Abbott include more partisan election reviews on the agenda for the third special session. Shortly thereafter, the acting Secretary of State announced they are conducting a review of the 2020 election in 4 counties in Texas. The partisan call for election reviews is needless and a waste of time for our hard-working elections officials.
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Published On 9/20/2021
Fair Maps Texas will be hosting a virtual press event as the 87th (3) Special Legislative Session gavels in on Monday. The press conference will feature a diverse group of Texans from across the State who have been impacted by our current gerrymandered maps, those who are not usually included at the table when maps are being drawn. These Texans will be speaking on the need for a fair and open districting process, one that fully considers the vital input of communities most impacted. These Texans are calling for better representation, for it’s the same legislators that were elected under our heavily gerrymandered maps that are passing regressive policies that are hurting all people, especially poor and low-wealth Black, White, Hispanic, and Asian people.
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Published On 9/8/2021
During the last election cycle, Texans all over the state benefited from more voting opportunities, such as expansion of early voting, extended hours at the polling places, and more options to return vote-by-mail ballots. Texans want measures that that make elections safe and accessible. With the enactment of SB 1, these measures are now prohibited. SB 1 adds to the already overwhelming and complicated Texas election laws by using broad and confusing language, creating barriers to voting, and adding criminal offenses.
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Published On 9/3/2021
Today, the League of Women Voters of Texas and partner civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas, challenging Senate Bill 1, an omnibus anti-voter bill expected to be signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott.
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Published On 9/1/2021
Last night, the US Supreme Court declined to rule on a Texas law that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and allows private citizens to sue abortion providers and those who aid a person in obtaining an abortion. League of Women Voters of the United States Board President Dr. Deborah Ann Turner and League of Women Voters of Texas President Grace Chimene issued the following joint statement in response...
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Published On 9/1/2021
The League of Women Voters of Texas president, Grace Chimene, issued the following statement in response to the Texas Legislature enacting the comprehensive election bill SB1.
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Published On 8/26/2021
"On this day the League of Women Voters of Texas celebrates advancements made towards achieving full political, economic, and social equality. It is a celebration of the trailblazers, visionaries, and suffragists who have worked towards equal rights for all. . ."
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Published On 7/29/2021
After more than five years of court battles between Texas voters, represented by the Texas Civil Rights Project and Waters & Kraus, LLP, and the state of Texas, a settlement has been reached in litigation against the state of Texas for violation of the National Voter Registration Act, commonly known as the ‘motor voter’ law.
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Published On 7/28/2021
The League of Women Voters of Texas has long supported the nonpartisan selection of Texas judges at the appellate and Supreme Court levels. When judicial candidates must raise money to compete in our current partisan election system, the appearance of that money influencing their decision-making is hard to shake.
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Published On 7/16/2021
Angry at his party’s failure to pass a sweeping anti-voter law, last month Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a new state budget that defunds the entire state legislature. The move endangers our democracy, undermines the will of Texans, and attacks the constitutional checks and balances on which our government depends.
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Published On 7/12/2021
The League of Women Voters of Texas president, Grace Chimene, issued the following statement in response to the failed legislative process that drove some legislators to leave Texas today.
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Published On 7/6/2021
To highlight the impact of Governor Abbott's veto of the legislative budget, the League of Women Voters of Texas filed an amicus curiae in In Re Chris Turner, et al. asking the Texas Supreme Court to void the Governor’s veto.
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Published On 7/2/2021
This July 4th weekend, I want to celebrate this country that I hold dear: the United States of America; the land of the free and the home of the brave. Yet, given recent events, I pause to consider: how united are we? Are we truly free? And are we brave enough?
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Published On 6/20/2021
League of Women Voters President Grace Chimene issued the following statement in response to Governor Abbott’s defunding the Texas legislature by vetoing Article X of the new state budget.

Governor Abbott's defunding of the legislature is dangerous to our democracy and undermines the will of the people and the constitutional set of checks and balances upon which our government is built.
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Published On 6/16/2021
The League of Women Voters of Texas letter to Vice President Harris as presented by Senator Menendez on 6.16.21.

The League of Women Voters of Texas (LWVTX) is proud to stand with you and so many others
who are committed to ensuring that the right to vote remains a critical pillar in our democratic
form of government. Only when all voters have the opportunity to participate in a free, fair, and
accessible election can we truly call ourselves a representative democracy.
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Published On 6/12/2021
Texans are sick and tired of mass shootings in our state. Loosening restrictions on guns is not the answer to gun violence!
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Published On 6/1/2021
League of Women Voters President Grace Chimene issued the following statement in response to Governor Abbott’s remarks about state legislature funding.
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Published On 5/31/2021
Time ran out on the Texas House floor last night due to a lack of quorum! At the end of the session, we need to celebrate and give credit to the many voting rights heroes who fought against this anti-voter legislation!
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Published On 5/3/2021
League of Women Voters of Texas president Grace Chimene issued the following statement in response to the passage of SB 7 in the Texas House of Representatives: "For democracy to work for all of us, it must include us all...
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Published On 2/18/2021
As millions of Texans are without power and water due to continuing severe weather conditions, the League of Women Voters of Texas calls on the Texas Legislature
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Published On 1/11/2021
LWVUS's call to action is an unprecedented decision for our organization.
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Published On 1/7/2021
January 7, 2021 - In light of the domestic terrorist attack at the Capitol of the United States yesterday, the League of Women Voters of Texas President Grace Chimene has issued the following statement:
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Published On 12/18/2020
The League of Women Voters of Texas recently published the 2020 Texas General County Election Website Review, which was conducted to assess how each county prepared for the November 2020 General Election.
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Published On 12/15/2020
Encouraging all eligible voters to participate in our elections and respecting the results should be the intention of all politicians. Unfortunately, that is not the case in Texas.
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Published On 11/16/2020
HOUSTON—Today, a federal judge ruled that votes cast by drive-thru polling in Harris County, Texas, will not be invalidated after a challenge to the state’s election plan. The League of Women Voters of Texas joined the case as intervenors along with the ACLU of Texas.
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Published On 11/2/2020
Late Sunday the League of Women Voters of Texas joined ACLU Texas to file a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit aimed at invalidating more than 120,000 drive-thru votes cast for Tuesday’s election. The League’s motion aims to ensure that all voters who utilized drive-thru polling sites to vote have their voices heard and their ballots counted.
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Published On 10/13/2020
SAN FRANCISCO —Late Thursday, a federal judge ruled in City of San Jose, California v. Trump that the president’s executive order to block undocumented individuals from being counted in the U.S. Census is unconstitutional.
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Published On 10/12/2020
NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a stay in Richardson v. Texas Secretary of State, which denies voters a timely opportunity to cure their mail ballot in the 2020 general election. The decision reverses a September US District Court ruling that had required the State to notify voters within a day of their ballot being rejected due to a signature match issue and give them an opportunity to fix the mistake.
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Published On 10/6/2020
AUSTIN, TX—Today, the League of Women Voters of Texas, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), LULAC Texas, and two individual voters filed a lawsuit against Texas Governor Abbott in response to his proclamation that would dramatically limit options for Texas voters seeking to hand-deliver their completed absentee ballots for this fall’s election. In an order set to take effect today, Abbott announced on Thursday that each of Texas’s 254 counties can only have one absentee drop off location, regardless of geographic size or population.
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Published On 10/2/2020
TEXAS (October 1, 2020) – Joining together for a cause that’s bigger than Texas, 10 professional sports teams and five civic organizations throughout the state have launched the #TexasTeamUp campaign to drive unprecedented voter turnout during the 2020 election cycle.
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Published On 10/2/2020
A federal judge ruled on Friday evening that Governor Abbott’s Oct. 1 proclamation limiting drop-off locations for mail ballots to one per county discriminated against the elderly and disabled Texans, especially in more populous counties. These voters are most likely to request a mail-in ballot and to hand-deliver those ballots to ensure that their votes are counted.
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Published On 9/22/2020
Austin - On September 22, 2020, the League of Women Voters of Texas will celebrate National Voter Registration Day along with a massive cross-country effort to register voters well in advance of Election Day this November.
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Published On 9/9/2020
SAN ANTONIO, TX—Today, US District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that Texas must notify voters if their ballot has been marked for rejection due to a signature match issue and give them an opportunity to confirm their identity and save their ballot from rejection. The case, Richardson v. Texas Secretary of State, was brought last year by the League of Women Voters of Texas, Austin Justice Coalition, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, MOVE Texas Civic Fund, and individual plaintiffs Dr. George Richardson and Rosalie Weisfeld.
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Published On 9/1/2020
HOUSTON – A Harris County District court today rejected the Texas Attorney General’s injunction request, therefore allowing Harris County to send mail-in ballot applications to all registered voters along with a pamphlet explaining who is eligible to vote by mail.
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Published On 9/1/2020
HOUSTON – Representing the League of Women Voters of Texas, the ACLU of Texas and the Texas Civil Rights Project filed a court brief supporting the Harris County Clerk’s decision to send vote-by-mail applications to every registered voter in Harris County, which is being challenged by the Texas Attorney General. In the brief, the organizations argue that sending out applications to vote by mail with instructions explaining who is eligible will educate and empower voters, especially those who do not have immediate or consistent access to online resources.
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Published On 9/1/2020
Austin, TX - The League of Women Voters of Texas's Voters Guide is highly respected as the gold standard for nonpartisan, trusted voter information. The Texas League's Voters Guide is available now online in two formats -- as a printable document on www.LWVTexas.org and on VOTE411.org, the League of Women Voters' interactive Voters Guide. The League of Women Voters has been a nonpartisan grassroots voter education organization for over 100 years. The League never supports or opposes any political party or candidate for elected office.
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Published On 8/26/2020
AUSTIN - Texas Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs and Grace Chimene, President of the League of Women Voters of Texas (LWV), today commemorated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. The 19th Amendment became law on August 26, 1920. Women's Equality Day is celebrated annually on August 26th in recognition of the efforts of those who fought and sacrificed to make its passage a reality.
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Published On 7/31/2020
During this pandemic, the League of Women Voters of Texas supports any action that will encourage voting and keep everyone safe at the polls. “We applaud Governor Abbott’s extension of early voting for the November 3rd General Election,” announced Texas League President Grace Chimene. The extension will allow early voters to cast their ballots from Tuesday, October 13, 2020, through Friday, October 30, 2020. Voters will also be able to plan their trips to the polls to avoid peak times and long lines.
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Published On 7/31/2020
The League of Women Voters of Texas conducted its sixth survey of Texas county websites in July 2020. This review was narrow in scope, focusing the information counties are providing voters regarding the impact of COVID-19 on voting and elections. Thirty counties ranked "Outstanding" in this review. Reviews for each county are available.
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Published On 7/10/2020
Austin - When Governor Abbott issued his requirement to wear face masks, he specifically exempted polling places. His statement on that issue: not having a mask should not impede a voter’s constitutional right to vote. "The League of Women Voters agrees!" said League president Grace Chimemen, "Every voter should be able to vote safely: if a voter does not have a mask, one should be provided when stepping into the polling place!"
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Published On 6/22/2020
The League of Women Voters Guide is available now!
The Texas Primary Runoff Election is July 14th - less than a month away!

Vote by mail ballots are arriving in mailboxes across Texas! Early voting starts next Monday, June 29th.
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Capitol Action Report

Published On 9/17/2021
The Third Texas Special Session Starts September 20th!

Read the blogs our issue chairs' blogs to keep up with the latest information:
Voting Rights and Election Law - Please note anti-voter bill SB1 doesn’t go into effect until December! LWVUS supports new US Senate voting rights bill, the Freedom to Vote Act.
Redistricting - Public Input hearings are going on now!
Women’s Health Updates on the lawsuits & an informative video that explains an obgyn's perspective.
Equal Opportunity Updates soon on equality for children who are transgender.
Public Education - anti-Critical Race Theory bills.
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Published On 9/13/2021
Governor Abbot has called the 3rd Special Session of the 87th Legislature to begin Monday, Sept. 20. The main job will be redistricting for US Representative districts, Texas Senate and House districts, and State Board of Education districts based on the new census data.

However the governor has also added a few other items to the agenda, including:
• Bills to ban transgender students from participating in University Interscholastic League athletics. (Read our testimony against this bill from the 2nd special session).
• Bills to state whether a local government entity can mandate vaccines (we testified against the bill to ban mask mandates, which died in the last special session).
We will testify against this legislation based on our Equal Opportunity and State/Local Relations positions. Watch for Action Alerts!
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Published On 9/7/2021
Your Texas legislators need to hear from you about redistricting!
The Texas Legislature is about to embark on the 2021 Redistricting Cycle, and both the House and Senate Redistricting Committees have scheduled virtual public input hearings that will take place over the next two weeks.


Public comments at the Committee hearings will be used to assist the Legislature when it draws district boundaries. Speaking up about your community is critical to ensuring district lines are drawn to keep your community whole and grouped with nearby communities with similar interests. This ensures that your voice is heard by your elected leaders across all kinds of government decisions.
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Published On 9/1/2021
Governor Abbott demanded a major omnibus bill to restrict access to voting and elections before the regular session began January 12, 2021. It took the entire regular session (140 days), and almost two whole special sessions for it to arrive on his desk August 31.
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Published On 8/20/2021
Take Action! Your Online Testimony is Needed Now! After some Democratic House members returned on Thursday, the House now has a quorum. The House immediately scheduled hearings on the bills the Senate had passed earlier.
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Published On 8/16/2021
Special Session #2 - the League Explains All!
The COVID epidemic should be the main topic in the 2nd Special Session!
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Published On 7/26/2021
Status of the Special Session(s): The Senate committees continued to meet and vote out bills through July 16, but the House suspended all committee meetings due to the lack of a quorum. Most Democrats have gone to Washington, D.C. to work for the “For the People” voting rights act.
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Published On 7/12/2021
Take Action Now! Expecting a vote on HB 3 at anytime. Threats to voting rights are front and center in this special session. During the regular session, we helped stop the omnibus election bill in the House.
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Published On 7/9/2021
The Special Session Began Yesterday! Governor Abbot issued his proclamation setting the agenda for the first Special Session beginning July 8. It contains ten items, including elections, reforming the bail system, both of which did not pass the regular session, and funding for the Legislature, which he vetoed from the budget.
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Published On 7/2/2021
Protect the Freedom to Vote for Voters with Disabilities! We must protect safe and accessible elections for all! The voting legislation proposed during the regular session not only changed the definition of disability, but also added new requirements to mail-in ballots, made personal assistants liable for criminal offenses, and introduced new curbside voting procedures that would make it extremely difficult for people with disabilities to vote.
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Published On 6/30/2021
87th Texas Legislature Special Session Begins July 8! We will continue our Capitol Action Reports with Action Alerts during each special session to keep you informed and connected to needed action.
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Published On 5/31/2021
For lack of a quorum, time ran out on anti-voter SB 7 last night! The League of Women Voters of Texas partnered with local, state, and national organizations to provide support to legislators who understood the negative impact of this bill.
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Published On 5/24/2021
This is the last full week of work for the Legislators. Most bills have had hearings, are on the Calendars, and voting continues. Wednesday, May 26, is a pivotal day when all bills must have had their third readings.
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Published On 5/17/2021
We are almost at the end of a very difficult legislative session for the League.
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Published On 5/10/2021
There are only three weeks left in the 87th Legislative Session!
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Published On 4/26/2021
While Medicaid expansion was looking closer than ever, the House voted it down (68-80) in their budget vote on April 22, so we don't know what will happen to these bills. Our coalition partner Every Texan has put out out a summary/comparison
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Published On 4/19/2021
Thanks for Your Support! Our Take Action Alerts have been wildly successful. Over 62,000 emails from League members and supporters have been sent to members of the Texas Legislature!
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Published On 4/12/2021
We are halfway through the 87th Texas Legislature. We anticipate a few wins and, maybe, a few significant losses. We must keep the pressure on our legislators!
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Published On 3/29/2021
Give a shout-out to League members who testify at the Capitol!
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Published On 3/22/2021
The League at the Capitol, Janet Imhoff, Vice President Advocacy
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Published On 3/15/2021
Lege Leaders Offer Solutions in Search of Problems Cinde Weatherby, Voting & Elections Issue Chair
Take Action on SB 7 today!
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Published On 3/8/2021
The League at the Capitol by Janet Imhoff, Vice President Advocacy

The Aftermath of the Big Freeze!
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Published On 2/22/2021
The Big Freeze! Janet Imhoff, Vice President Advocacy
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Published On 2/15/2021
Is This the Year Texas Will Expand Medicaid?
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Published On 2/8/2021
The Governor's Priorities by Janet Imhoff, Vice President Advocacy
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Published On 1/25/2021
It is a long-standing League tradition for members to walk the halls of the Texas Capitol and talk with their Representatives and Senators about the League's priority issues at the beginning of each Texas Legislative session.
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Published On 1/18/2021
The 87th Texas Legislative Session Begins!
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Action News

Published On 5/2/2022
Action News! is the monthly newsletter for the League of Women Voters of Texas, published on the first Monday of every month.
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League Updates on: Voting rights and election law, redistricting, National Voter Registration Day, and more!
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Published On 8/3/2021
Support our American democracy by sharing your voting stories! Let's celebrate a democracy where we can change our political leaders in a peaceful manner through the process of voting.
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Published On 7/6/2021
Special Session Starts July 8!
Imagine America without a free and fair democracy.
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Published On 6/7/2021
What an exciting end to the 87th Legislative Session! Thank you so much for being with us every step of the way.
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Published On 5/3/2021
Thank you for using the Texas League's Action Alerts to voice your concerns to your Texas Legislators about the issues that are important to you!

If you would like to keep up-to-date on these issues, sign up to receive Texas League newsletters! You may sign up below and you can unsubscribe at any time.
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Published On 4/5/2021
President's Message: Democracy is Good for Business!
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Published On 3/1/2021
President's Message - You Just Never Know
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Published On 2/1/2021
Great things are happening on the national front. There is positive movement on League priorities at the national level. There is already good news on health care with a special open enrollment period for the ACA and action on climate change. We are hopeful for the passage of much-needed voting reforms in HR 1, the For the People Act bill, restoring the Voting Rights Act, and fair redistricting with the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
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Published On 1/4/2021
The President's Message; A True Democracy
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Published On 12/7/2020
The Texas elections are over and now we move into our work in advocacy, supporting our positions, for the 87th Legislative session which opens January 12, 2021.
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Published On 11/2/2020
11.2.2020 The large numbers of votes by mail means tallying the election results will obviously take longer than it has in the past.
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Published On 10/5/2020
I’m going to let you in on a secret on how I overcome my apprehension that our democracy is at risk. I am a retired pediatric nurse practitioner. When a child is sick, bleeding, or hurt, I review the history, do an examination, make an assessment and take action to support that child. I won’t stand by when I’m worried our democracy is in trouble and neither will you!
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Published On 9/7/2020
The election is almost here! And it is confusing! Be the person who knows the answers!

It is time for you to talk about voting and elections with everyone you know! This month I am talking with the media, communities of faith, sororities, educators, nonprofits, and many other organizations. I’m sharing the Leagues’ trusted voter information. And you can, too!
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Published On 8/3/2020
For the last year, I have been looking forward to August 26, 2020, and the centennial commemoration of the 19th Amendment. I imagined parades of women dressed as suffragists marching with banners celebrating the suffrage heroines of the past we all know as well as the African American and Latina voting rights activists we are finally learning more about. Instead, I look on with respect at the new civil rights heroes and heroines of today who are leading the peaceful protests for basic human and civil rights, in Texas and across the country.
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Published On 7/6/2020
When Governor Abbott issued his requirement to wear face masks, he specifically exempted polling places. His statement on that issue: not having a mask should not impede a voter’s constitutional right to vote. We agree!
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Published On 6/1/2020
The League of Women Voters of Texas stands with the mourners and protesters across the the US (and around the world) who were horrified by the death of yet another African American at the hands of a police officer.
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Published On 6/30/2021
87th Texas Legislature Special Session Begins July 8! We will continue our Capitol Action Reports with Action Alerts during each special session to keep you informed and connected to needed action.
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Published On 6/12/2021
The Governor works for you! Contact Gov Abbott today - demand a veto to permitless carry.
LWV Texas Statement on Mass Shooting in Austin.
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Published On 3/17/2021
Take action with the League of Women Voters!
Due to the pandemic, there is limited access to our elected officials at the Texas Capitol. We need your help more than ever!
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LWV Texas in the News

Published On 6/27/2022
(WBAP/KLIF News ) – The League of Women Voters Texas is one of several state advocacy groups that have been registering citizens to vote in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to overturn Roe v Wade.

Texas is one of several states that subsequently enacted trigger laws, severely limiting or outlawing abortion.

League President Joyce LeBombard said she believes the ruling will have a direct impact on the mid-term elections in November.

“There’s so many young women who have never known a life without having access to their reproductive healthcare. There’s still many women that were alive before Roe v Wade and they’re angered. I think its going to drive a lot of people to the ballot box,” she said.

Protests were held across the Metroplex and nationwide over the weekend. There were some minor clashes between demonstrators but the rallies were mostly peaceful.

LeBombard encourages citizens to turn their feelings about this issue into political action
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Published On 6/25/2022
Voting in Texas has never been easy.

Prior the 2020 presidential election, political scientists from the likes of Northern Illinois University and Wuhan University in China compiled a “cost-of-voting index” that ranked states by the ease in which residents could both register and cast their ballot. The analysis placed Texas dead last, citing the state’s tough voter identification laws, unforgiving registration deadlines, and general “restrictive electoral climate,” all of which made it the hardest state to vote in in the entire country.

And, of course, that was before Texas’ most recent election law overhaul even went into effect.

Despite persistent warnings from civil and voting rights advocates, the state’s Republican-controlled legislature passed the sweeping and far-reaching Senate Bill 1 into law in September 2021. Among other things, the law banned drive-thru and overnight voting, further tightened ID requirements, and allowed partisan poll watchers new freedoms.
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Published On 6/8/2022
TEXAS – The League of Women Voters of Texas (LWVTX) announced who will serve on the 2022-2024 board of directors.

“Our new board is full of intelligent, passionate and dedicated women,” said Joyce LeBombard, LWVTX President, in a news release. “I am both humbled and excited to be working with them. Our previous president, Grace Chimene, and the former board did a fantastic job leading us through challenging and divided times in our state. We are honored to pick up the mantle and continue the important work that LWVTX started back in 1919.”

The League’s mission of empowering voters and defending democracy is more critical than ever, LeBombard explained, after a challenging 87th Legislative Session and with the November elections approaching.

“The Texas League has a great opportunity to grow and reach underserved communities, whether that be in urban areas or in rural areas where voices have struggled to be heard,” LeBombard said.
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Published On 6/3/2022
The League of Women Voters of Williamson County will welcome Brentwood Police Chief Richard Hickey to its meeting at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library June 15 at 1 p.m.

Hickey will share his insights regarding local law enforcement. He was appointed as the city of Brentwood’s fourth police chief in February of 2022.

Since 1991, Hickey has served as a field training officer, crime scene technician and investigator for the district attorney’s office. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and the FBI National Academy.

To attend this meeting, register online at the Brentwood Library’s calendar page on its website at www.brentwood-tn.libcal.com/event/8773134.

The Williamson County League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan volunteer organization that promotes engaged, informed and active participation in government, particularly local government.
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Published On 6/1/2022
on Oct. 28.

Established in 2020, Vote Early Day is a nonpartisan movement to ensure all Americans have the tools to cast their ballot early. It has brought thousands of national and local partners together in celebration and activation to increase the number of people voting early.

The Cultural Hub is a local site for voter information distributed by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Hays County. During its weekday hours of operation (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday), the Hub will have voter information to raise awareness about the upcoming midterm election and help people learn about their options to vote early.

The Hub has a goal of helping at least 2022 voters cast their ballot before Election Day either in person, through a ballot drop box or by mail.
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Published On 5/31/2022
As president of the recently restarted League of Women Voters of the Brazos Valley (LWV-BV), I am inviting everyone 18 or older to join us.

The LWV-BV is a nonpartisan, nonprofit civic organization that encourages informed and active participation in government.

The LWV-BV will meet on June 7 at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 906 George Bush Drive in College Station. Please join us.

The LWV-BV has four focus areas this year:

• Inform all voters about the candidates running for office in the general election in November. Voter Guides will be shared throughout all seven counties where candidates answer questions about their platform and plans for the office.
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Published On 5/24/2022
Exercising your right to vote can be confusing or intimidating, regardless if you’re a first-time voter or a veteran.

In 2021, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 1, or the so-called election integrity bill, which changed a number of rules related to how Texans can vote.

KPRC 2 News and KSAT 12, our San Antonio sister-station, worked to create a comprehensive resource to make sure every eligible Texan can vote and is counted.

We talked with the nonpartisan organization League of Women Voters, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas (ACLU-Texas), and the Bexar County Election Administrator to find out the do’s and don’ts of voting.
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Published On 5/24/2022
After thousands of mail-in ballots were rejected in Texas' statewide primaries in March, election officials and voting rights groups are stepping up efforts to make sure voters don't run into the same problems with ballot rejections going forward.

Nearly 25,000 mail ballots were rejected for the March 1 primaries — a far higher rate than prior elections.

Some ballots were rejected because identifying data didn't match what was on file. But election officials and voting groups say a design issue with the envelope that Texas voters use to return their mail ballots was most responsible for the rejections.

Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas, says voters missed important instructions located right under the flap of the mail ballot return envelope. That is where voters have to provide either a partial Social Security number or their driver's license number.
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Published On 5/23/2022
Voting concludes on Tuesday in the primary runoff election for the Precinct 2 seat on the County Commissioners Court, as well as a handful of statewide races.

Incumbent Precinct 2 County Commissioner Kevin Janak faces Jason Ohrt in the GOP runoff. The winner of the primary will take the seat, as there is no Democratic challenger for the November election. Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In the results from March 1, Ohrt took 47.9% of the votes in the primary election, while Janak took 43.6%. Because neither garnered at least 50% of the vote, the Tuesday runoff should resolve the divide.
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Published On 5/20/2022
May wraps up with the second election of the month, a runoff from the March 1 election. Find what you need to know here.
The May 24 runoff election includes races for many state- and district-level positions.
Find everything here that you need to make your voice heard. Early voting runs through May 20. Election day is Tuesday, May 24.
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Published On 5/18/2022
Editor’s note: To help voters learn more about the candidates, the Advocate is printing profiles provided by the League of Women Voters in contested races in the May 24 primary runoff election.
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Published On 5/18/2022
Editor’s note: To help voters learn more about the candidates, the Advocate is printing profiles provided by the League of Women Voters in contested races in the May 24 primary runoff election
Texas Lieutenant Governor Qualifications:
• What training, experience and characteristics qualify you for this position?
Power Grid:
• What further changes, if any, are needed to ensure that Texas has sufficient power in times of extreme weather conditions?
Autonomy of State and Local Government:
• Under what circumstances should the federal government limit the authority of elected state officials? Under what circumstances should the state government limit the authority of elected local officials?
Health Care:
• What is your position on reproductive rights and how would you address the economic and health consequences for those who seek and cannot obtain abortions in Texas?
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Published On 5/18/2022
Editor’s note: To help voters learn more about the candidates, the Advocate is printing profiles provided by the League of Women Voters in contested races in the May 24 primary runoff election.

Texas Commissioner of the General Land Office
Qualifications:

What training, experience and characteristics qualify you for this position?
Allocation of Federal Funds:

When federal funds for natural disaster relief and mitigation are allocated, how would you ensure that communities with the highest needs are prioritized?
The Alamo:

As the head of the agency that manages the Alamo, what story do you believe it should tell?
Coastal Planning:

What measures would you implement to restore and protect the coast, wetlands, and the built environment to minimize damage from major storms?
Priorities:

As Land Commissioner, what would be your highest priorities for the next four years, and how do you intend to accomplish them?
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Published On 5/18/2022
Texas Attorney General
Qualifications:
• What training, experience and characteristics qualify you for this position?
Elections:
• What is the Attorney General’s role in protecting Texans’ freedom to vote while maintaining safe and secure elections?
Health Care:
• What is your position on reproductive rights and how would you address the economic and health consequences for those who seek and cannot obtain abortions in Texas?
Immigration:
• What is the role of the state government in enforcing federal immigration laws?
Priorities:
• As Attorney General, what would be your highest priorities for the next four years, and how do you intend to accomplish them?
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Published On 5/18/2022
Editor’s note: To help voters learn more about the candidates, the Advocate is printing profiles provided by the League of Women Voters in contested races in the May 24 primary runoff election.

Texas Railroad Commissioner
Qualifications:

What training, experience and background qualify you for this position?
Ethics:

Since candidates for Railroad Commission often raise money from the oil and gas industry, how can citizens be assured that campaign donations will not influence how commissioners regulate that industry?
Emissions:

How important is the impact of methane emissions on climate change? What are effective ways to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas industry?
Natural Gas Facility Weatherization:

What further changes, if any, are needed to ensure that Texas has sufficient power in times of extreme weather conditions?
Seismic Activity:

What are the most important measures the Railroad Commission can implement to reduce the risk of seismic activity
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Published On 5/16/2022
Early voting in the primary runoff elections begins Monday and runs through Friday. Election Day is May 24.

Several races from the March primary in Texas went to a runoff, meaning no candidate seeking their party's nomination got more than 50% of the vote. So now, the top two candidates in those races are facing off this month. The results will determine who will be on the ballot in the general election in November.

MORE FROM KUT | Am I allowed to vote in the Texas primary runoffs this month? Yes, you are!

In Texas, you can vote in only one party’s primary in a given year. So, if you voted in the Democratic primary in March, you have to vote in the Democratic runoff. If you didn't vote in a March primary, you can vote in either party's runoff race.

Here's what you need to know.

Make sure you're registered
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Published On 5/16/2022
NORTH TEXAS (WBAP/KLIF News ) – Early voting in the Texas primary runoff election is officially underway ahead of Election Day on Tuesday, May 24.

Eligible residents will cast their ballots to choose who will represent their party in the November election.

Several high-profile elections for state government positions are on the ballots including for the Lt. Governor, Attorney General and multiple U.S. Representative races.

The elections have voting rights advocates reminding residents about some important things to remember this week.
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Published On 5/13/2022
Republican and Democratic voters will choose their party’s nominee for the November general election in the races left undecided after the March primary election.

Candidates needed at least 50% of the vote to advance to the general election. If no candidate won a majority in the primary, the two candidates with the most votes headed to a runoff.

In addition to statewide races, there are a number of local offices on the May 24 primary runoff. This voters guide has information about the contested races for offices. For more information about statewide races, we recommend the League of Women Voters of Texas’ primary runoff election guide.
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Published On 5/12/2022
Texas’ highest criminal court on Wednesday (May 11) ordered a lower appeals court to take another look at its controversial decision to uphold Crystal Mason’s voter fraud conviction, The New York Times reports. The ruling creates the possibility that the lower court will now overturn the conviction.

In 2018, Mason was convicted of illegal voting and sentenced to five years in prison. Her offense was casting a provisional ballot in the 2016 general election while on supervised release from prison on federal tax evasion charges.

Mason’s attorney has argued that she didn’t know at the time that it was illegal for a felon on probation to vote under Texas law.

But the lower appeals court in 2020 upheld the conviction, ruling that Mason’s ignorance of the law “was irrelevant to her prosecution,” as the Times reported, quoting the lower court’s decision.

NPR reported the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruling that stated the lower court made a mistake
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Published On 5/6/2022
Today is Election Day. This year, the city is proposing to borrow $1.2 billion, the largest bond proposal in its history, to fund infrastructure improvement projects. The five-year bond process, which does not call for a tax rate increase, covers projects through 2027.

The scope and impact of this bond election cannot be underestimated. The outcome will be determined by those who take the time to vote. It is critical that voters voice their choices. As a voter, you decide if using general obligation bonds as a funding mechanism is the prudent approach.


Separating the projects as six propositions on the ballot allows the voter to approve all, some or none of them. Funds for any proposition that does not pass are deducted from the $1.2 billion. A majority vote is needed to move forward.

The six propositions to be voted on individually are:

A: $471.5 million for streets, bridges, sidewalks.

B: $169.9 million for drainage and flood control.
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Published On 5/2/2022
League of Women Voters of Texas
Public Statement on
SCOTUS Draft Decision Overruling Roe v. Wade
Austin, TX – Abortion Access
Politico publishes Draft Decision of the Supreme Court Overruling Roe v. Wade
On May 2, 2022, Politico published a leaked draft opinion of the Supreme Court indicating the Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that found that women have a constitutional right to abortion. The proposed 98 page opinion authored by Justice Alito can be found at https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/02/supreme-court-abortion-draft-opinion-00029473. Five Justices, including Alito are shown as joining in the decision.
This opinion is not final, and it is expected that the official decision will be issued towards the end of the Court’s term in late June. In the meantime, abortion is still legal.
Texas trigger law bans abortion if Roe is overturned
During the last legislative session, a so-called “trigger law” was enacted which would ban abortions
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Published On 4/27/2022
AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - The Amarillo League of Women voters is presenting a program in the Amarillo Barrio neighborhood on the importance of prenatal care Thursday evening.

The League of Women voters has been studying the issue of maternal morbidity and mortality for over a year and has now been working to educate the community.

Dr. Teresa Baker will be the featured speaker at the program and serves as a chairperson with the OBGYN Department at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

According to Dr. Baker, over 30 percent of the women for whom they deliver babies at Northwest Texas Healthcare System have not had prenatal care.
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Published On 4/26/2022
With just under two weeks left until the May 7 election, county clerks across Texas are checking their rosters to make sure they have enough election workers to ensure a smooth voting experience and to comply with a long list of laws, rules, and procedures around the act of casting and counting ballots.

This work isn’t easy, but it could be made easier if more students, educators, and administrators knew that Texas allows for youths aged 16 and older to serve as student election workers. The deadline to apply has passed for this election, but it’s not too late to start preparing for November or future elections.

The bill that authorized student election clerks passed over 10 years ago, yet there’s still an opportunity to raise awareness and encourage more young people to take part.

“I think there’s plenty of education research to show experiential learning is very effective,” said Renée D. Cross, senior director of the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University
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Published On 4/25/2022
A League of Women Voters candidate info questionnaire has come up again in the Denton City Council Place 5 race, with Daniel Clanton pointing out it originally misstated the education background of his opponent, Brandon Chase McGee, who called it a “simple mistake” that has been corrected.
Clanton included the questionnaire in a lengthy Saturday social media post after it was initially brought up at the April 14 League of Women Voters of Denton candidate forum for City Council candidates. Clanton and McGee were both in attendance and traded blows throughout the night, including when Clanton introduced the issue.
The LWV questionnaires are available online for each of Denton’s three municipal races. The Place 5 questionnaire currently states McGee is a graduate of both the University of North Texas and Collin College in McKinney, with a Bachelor of Science in history and political science. It adds he did postgraduate work at the Texas A&M University Bush School of Government.
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Published On 4/23/2022
Early Voting for the May 7, 2022, Constitutional Amendment election starts Monday April 25 and runs each weekday through May 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Gray County Courthouse (205 N. Russell), Room 104.
On election day, Saturday, May 7, 2022, Pampa residents will vote at the Pampa ISD Administration building, 1233 N Hobart, Pampa TX 79065 from 7 am to 7 pm.
Election Day Location By Precinct

1. Lefors Senior Center
806 N. Main, Lefors, TX 79054
2. Pampa ISD Administration Building
1233 N. Hobart, Pampa, TX 79065
3. Grandview Hopkins School, Teachers Lounge
11605 FM 293, Groom, TX 79039
4 Lovett Library Pioneer Room
302 N. Main, Mclean, TX 79057
5. Pampa ISD Administration Building
1233 N. Hobart, Pampa, TX 79065
6. Pampa ISD Administration Building
1233 N. Hobart, Pampa, TX 79065
7. Pampa ISD Administration Building
1233 N. Hobart, Pampa, TX 79065
About each amendment (from the League of Women Voters)
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Published On 4/22/2022
Monday, April 25, is the deadline to register to vote for upcoming state primary runoff elections in Texas. Voters in the Republican and Democratic primaries will decide who wins their nominations for state and county offices and appear on the ballot in November.
Because mailing in a voter registration form could potentially take several days, a voter’s best bet is to register in person at the appropriate county elections office. A list of those offices is here.

There’s no online voter registration in Texas, although people can update addresses online.

A person who voted in the March 1 statewide primary must stick with the same political party, but someone who did not vote in the initial primary can vote in the runoff.

Early voting in the primary runoff starts on May 16 and lasts five days. Election day is May 24.

There are many important races on the ballot in the runoff. Both parties have runoffs for Attorney General.
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Published On 4/20/2022
People listen to candidates peak during an election forum at the Stephens Administration Building on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, in Denton Texas.

The Denton County League of Women Voters hosted an election forum for the candidates running for the Denton IS Board of Trustees. Place 3 candidates Douglas J. Chadwick, the incumbent and president of the board, appeared as did his opponent Amy Bundgus. Place 5 candidates Charles Stafford, the incumbent, and Charles Stinson appeared, and Place 4 candidate and incumbent Mia Price attended to answer voters' questions.
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Published On 4/18/2022
AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - The League of Women Voters will be sending out the voters guide for the elections on May 7.

The VOTERS GUIDE is for the AISD bond election, the CISD trustee race and 2 proposed state constitutional amendments.

The Guide will be available at libraries, grocery stores, senior centers and coffee shops.

Early voting for the May 7 election runs from April 25 to May 3.

Mail-in ballots must be received by May 7.
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Published On 4/18/2022
The League of Women Voters of Richardson sponsored forums during the week of April 11 for candidates in the Richardson ISD board of trustees May election for districts 2 and 5.

Recorded via Zoom without an audience, the forums used questions from the public and from the league itself. All 57 questions were screened according to the League of Women Voters of Texas Guide to Candidates Forums.

Both the District 2 forum and the District 5 forum can be found online.

A total of three candidates are vying for the single-member District 2 seat: incumbent Eron Linn, Sherry Clemens and Vanessa Pacheco.

The three candidates running in the single-member District 5 race are Kile Brown, Rachel McGowan and Jan Stell. The District 5 seat has remained vacant since Sept. 24 after former board President Karen Clardy resigned.
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Published On 4/17/2022
Congratulations to Heider Garcia for his recognition by the League of Women Voters Texas as an outstanding elections administrator. Garcia was honored at the league’s state convention April 8 in Austin. Also honored were Michael Scarpello of Dallas County, Bruce Sherbet of Collin County and Isabel Longoria of Harris County. Garcia and the Tarrant County elections office have also received an outstanding ranking for elections office website. The Texas league reviews the websites of all 254 Texas counties and ranks them according to specific criteria. Outstanding is the highest ranking that can be given, and Tarrant County has received this ranking for the past several years.

Thank you to Garcia, his staff and all the poll workers who make voting in Tarrant County safe, accessible and accurate.



- Margaret K. Hendon, President, Tarrant County League of Women Voters, Fort Worth
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Published On 4/14/2022
Thursday evening’s League of Women Voters Denton City Council candidate forum featured plenty of back-and-forth between the six hopefuls, with campaign finance and the city’s recently-passed non-discrimination ordinance among the most heated topics.
Thursday’s forum, hosted by the League of Women Voters of Denton at City Hall, was the latest to give the six City Council candidates the chance to answer a myriad of questions, in this case submitted by attendees. All were in attendance, including Daniel Clanton and Brandon Chase McGee for Place 5, Amber Briggle and Chris Watts for Place 6 and Paul Meltzer and Gerard Hudspeth for Mayor.
Unlike some other forums, candidates weren’t vying for an endorsement this time around. League co-president Linnie McAdams said the organization is non-partisan, so it won’t be endorsing any of the candidates. McAdams moderated the two-hour event, which gave each candidate one minute per question, along with introductions and closing remarks.
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Published On 4/13/2022
Date: 04/14/2022 7:00 PM
Location: Keller Town Hall
1100 Bear Creek Pkwy.
Keller, Texas 76248

The League of Women Voters will be hosting a candidate forum featuring the City Council candidates for Places 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at Keller Town Hall.

As we have in the past, city staff will be on hand to live-stream and record the candidate forum so that residents have the option to watch it on the city website or their local cable channel.

The May 7 ballot will have voters deciding between two candidates for each seat. In Place 3, voters will choose between Sheri Almond (incumbent) and Jessica Juarez. In Place 4, between Beckie Paquin (incumbent) and Tag . Early voting will run from April 25 - May 3.
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Published On 4/7/2022
AUSTIN — Nearly 25,000 ballots were rejected across the state for noncompliance with new Texas voting law, the Texas Secretary of State Office announced Wednesday.

During the last legislative session, GOP-lead efforts to reduce the occurrence of already rare fraudulent voting resulted in the rejection of 24,636 voters' ballots submitted by mail, data shows.

According to state data provided by counties, those ballots include 14,281 Democratic ballots and 10,355 Republican ballots. This is a rejection rate of about 12.4%, up from 1% in 2020.

“Not surprisingly, Texas and AG Paxton are trying to weaken federal voting protections even further,” said state Rep. Erin Zwiener, D-Driftwood, in a tweet. “What’s happening in Texas proves we still need the Voting Rights Act.”
The new law requires Texans voting by mail to include their Texas ID number or Social Security number on their mail-in ballot applications and ballot carrier envelope.
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Published On 4/7/2022
TX VOTER REGISTRATION - Thursday is the last day for Texans to register to vote in the May 7th elections. Grace Chimene is the President of the League of Women Voters of Texas. She says eligible Texans can either check their voter registration status or find applications at www.votetexas.gov. And, while you can fill out the form on that website, you must print it out to submit it.

“And, you will need to have it into the voter registrar for your county this Thursday, since it’s the last day to register to vote,” Chimene said.

All Texas voters will see two constitutional amendments about property taxes on the ballot. Some will also decide local elections, like city council and school board. Chimene, says her group has two videos explaining the proposed amendments.
​ “We just explain what the constitutional amendment is, and then do a simple for, the argument against, so people can make an informed decision," Chimene explained.
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Published On 4/5/2022
The forums will take place on April 13 and 14 for the May 7 election.

Irving’s League of Women Voters will host a series of candidate forums for area city council and school board races.

Early voting begins April 25, and the election is May 7. The candidate forums will be held on April 13 and 14.

The League of Women Voters of Texas is a nonpartisan political organization. https://lwvtexas.org/

Here’s how to learn more about the candidates’ platforms and plans if elected.

Irving City Council forum
When: 6:30 p.m., April 13

Irving City Council forum
When: 6:30 p.m., April 13

Where: Irving City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd.
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Published On 4/1/2022
Not sure whom you're voting for in the May 7, 2022 Keller City Council election? The League of Women Voters will host a candidate forum featuring the City Council candidates for Places 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in the City Council Chambers at Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Pkwy.

As we have in the past, city staff will be on hand to live-stream and record the candidate forum so that residents have the option to watch it on the city website or their local cable channel.

To ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to submit questions for this year’s forum, questions will be accepted through an online portal through noon on Tuesday, April 13. Forum facilitators with the League of Women Voters will use questions submitted online — as well as questions submitted in person at the event — to help Keller residents learn more about the candidates in each race. To submit a question, visit www.cityofkeller.com/candidates.
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Published On 3/29/2022
SAN ANTONIO — Bexar County leaders are hoping to secure the vote by mail.

Seniors, people with disabilities, and people who are unable to vote in person on Election Day are among the groups eligible to vote by mail in Texas. After Senate Bill 1 changed some of the requirements to vote by mail, Bexar County saw a historically high rejection rate.

For some voters, they were frustrated with how the process has changed.

“Voting is an important thing to do, and it’s part of being American,” Jean Aratinji told KENS 5.

The northside resident remembers being in college when she wanted to vote for John F. Kennedy. In 1974, she became a part of the League of Women Voters.

“I was going to the voting booth with my parents as a child, so I’ve always been involved,” Aratinji said.

The pandemic changed her voting habits. Aratinji and her husband started voting by mail.
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Published On 3/25/2022
Long before Collin County residents headed to the polls for early voting in the Primary Election last month, volunteers belonging to a decades-old association logged many hours behind the scenes to ensure voters were registered and informed.

When Texas women finally won the right to vote in primaries in 1918, large groups showed up to register to vote together. However, it would be several decades before state and federal governments would outlaw restrictions for men and women of color.
In a state the size of Texas — and in a fast-growing county like Collin — coordinating the sheer volume of information is not an easy feat. Yet, the League of Women Voters of Collin County continues to prove they truly are in a league of their own as they work to fulfill the nonprofit’s mission of ‘Empowering voters. Defending Democracy.’

Login or subscribe today to read the full story at http://wylienews.com
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Published On 3/23/2022
Three original members of the Denton Women's Interracial Fellowship will be honored at the fellowship's Industrial Street monument as part of Saturday's League of Women Voters of Denton meeting.

For the meeting, the league is honoring the fellowship, which was formed by local women in the 1960s to help with desegregation efforts and address racial inequality. The fellowship lasted for over two decades and three of its original members will speak at Saturday's meeting: Linnie McAdams, Pat Cheek and Catherine Bell.

The league is inviting anyone to join Saturday's meeting, set for 10 a.m. at the Denton Women's Interracial Fellowship monument, 108 Industrial Street.
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Published On 3/19/2022
AUSTIN — Texas’ ban on straight-ticket voting will remain on the books after a slate of rulings from a federal appeals court found that the plaintiffs in three challenges to Texas’ election laws sued the wrong people. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that plaintiffs in three suits including the Texas NAACP and the League of Women Voters of Texas should have sued local election officials instead of the Texas secretary of state. The ruling was 2-1 with the dissenting judge writing that the court was minimizing the secretary of state’s role in elections and that as the chief election official of Texas, the office does have standing in the cases.

The Texas Alliance of Retired Americans sued the Texas secretary of state in 2020 after a law took effect that banned straight-ticket voting — a practice that allowed voters to cast a ballot picking solely the candidates of the political party of their choice. State lawmakers approved a ban on straight-ticket ...
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Published On 3/18/2022
AUSTIN — Texas’ ban on straight-ticket voting will remain on the books after a slate of rulings from a federal appeals court found that the plaintiffs in three challenges to Texas’ election laws sued the wrong people.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that plaintiffs in three suits including the Texas NAACP and the League of Women Voters of Texas should have sued local election officials instead of the Texas secretary of state.

The ruling was 2-1 with the dissenting judge writing that the court was minimizing the secretary of state’s role in elections and that as the chief election official of Texas, the office does have standing in the cases.

The Texas Alliance of Retired Americans sued the Texas secretary of state in 2020 after a law took effect that banned straight-ticket voting — a practice that allowed voters to cast a ballot picking solely the candidates of the political party of their choice.
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Published On 3/17/2022
Statement by Grace Chimene, President, League of Women Voters of Texas and Annie Benifield, president League of Women Voters Houston

March 8, 2022


“Yes, there were challenges in tabulating the votes in Harris County. The good news for voters is the normal post-election audit processes worked to track down the missing ballots and have those votes counted. We applaud the professionalism that the Harris County Election Administrator, Isabel Longoria, and her staff demonstrated during this very complicated and confusing election. That these challenges led to Ms. Longoria’s resignation is unfortunate.


“The real tragedy is the confusion created by the new election law which caused a staggering number of mail ballot rejections. While the challenges faced by the Harris County election administration were resolved, voters all across Texas were disenfranchised due to the new election law when their applications to vote by mail and vote by mail ballots were rejected.
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Published On 3/16/2022
A federal appeals court has declined to strike down the Texas voting bill known as Senate Bill 1. In a split decision, the three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals said the plaintiffs in all three suits named Texas Secretary of State John Scott as the sole defendant, and that Scott has no enforcement abilities over the areas covered by the suits.

The suits, which had plaintiffs including the Texas State Conference of the NAACP, the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans and the League of Women Voters.

In one complaint the Coalition of Texans With Disabilities took aim at the signature verification for mail-in ballots. A second group targeted mail-in ballot regulations in general and the third took aim at the elimination of straight-ticket voting.

A federal appeals court has declined to strike down the Texas voting bill known as Senate Bill 1.
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Published On 3/16/2022
Thousands of Texas voters had their mail ballots rejected in this month's primary, after the state's controversial new voting law created additional ID requirements.

Local election officials say the new identification requirements as a result of the Republican-backed law tripped up many eligible voters in the March 1 primary.

An Associated Press analysis released Wednesday afternoon found that a total of nearly 23,000 mail ballots were rejected across the majority of Texas' counties.

Perhaps most notably, in Harris County — home to Houston, and the state's most populous county — officials said they rejected a whopping 19% percent of the mail ballots they received, or 6,888 mail ballots in total.

During the primary election in 2018, the county had only rejected 135 mail ballots out of more than 48,000, election officials said in a statement. That's less than 0.3%.
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Published On 3/16/2022
A federal appeals court has ruled for Texas in three lawsuits challenging the state's election laws, including mail-in ballot provisions and the elimination of straight-ticket voting.

In a series of 2-1 rulings Wednesday evening, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the lawsuits by civil rights groups, political organizations and voters had targeted the wrong state agency — the Texas secretary of state's office — when they sought to overturn a string of voting laws and practices.

Because the secretary of state is not in charge of enforcing the challenged laws, the agency is protected by sovereign immunity in all three lawsuits, said the opinions written by Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan and joined by Judge Don Willett.

Judge Patrick Higginbotham dissented in all three cases, writing that he believed the majority was splitting hairs by narrowly interpreting which state officers enforce election laws.
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Published On 3/16/2022
Voter turnout for the March 1 party primaries declined from percentages Comal and Guadalupe counties posted in 2020 and 2018, though it’s too soon to tell how much the state’s tougher elections laws factored into the local equation.

Unofficially, Comal turnout was at 23.23%, or 28,909 ballots counted from 124,414 registered voters. It was just under the 23.57% turnout in 2018 but well behind the record primary turnout of 29.80% in 2020. Official Guadalupe numbers indicated a turnout of 18.53%, or 21,362 ballots counted from 115,293 registered.

Statewide, more than 27,000 absentee ballots were flagged for rejection, jeopardizing votes cast by Democrats and Republicans alike and in counties big and small, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. It puts the rate of rejected mail ballots in Texas on track to significantly surpass previous elections.

The preliminary figures — reported by Texas counties after votes
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Published On 3/16/2022
Thousands of Texas voters had their mail ballots rejected in this month’s primary, after the state’s controversial new voting law created additional ID requirements.

Local election officials say the new identification requirements as a result of the Republican-backed law tripped up many eligible voters in the March 1 primary.

An Associated Press analysis released Wednesday afternoon found that a total of nearly 23,000 mail ballots were rejected across the majority of Texas’ counties.

Perhaps most notably, in Harris County — home to Houston, and the state’s most populous county — officials said they rejected a whopping 19% percent of the mail ballots they received, or 6,888 mail ballots in total.

During the primary election in 2018, the county had only rejected 135 mail ballots out of more than 48,000, election officials said in a statement. That’s less than 0.3%.
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Published On 3/16/2022
Thousands of Texas voters had their mail ballots rejected in this month's primary, after the state's controversial new voting law created additional ID requirements.

Local election officials say the new identification requirements as a result of the Republican-backed law tripped up many eligible voters in the March 1 primary.

An Associated Press analysis released Wednesday afternoon found that a total of nearly 23,000 mail ballots were rejected across the majority of Texas' counties.

Perhaps most notably, in Harris County — home to Houston, and the state's most populous county — officials said they rejected a whopping 19% percent of the mail ballots they received, or 6,888 mail ballots in total.

During the primary election in 2018, the county had only rejected 135 mail ballots out of more than 48,000, election officials said in a statement. That's less than 0.3%.
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Published On 3/13/2022
The League of Women Voters of Amarillo will have a program on public school accountability and assessment in Texas for their March membership meeting.

Skylar Gallop, the Regional Advocacy Director in the Texas Panhandle for Raise Your Hand Texas, will make the presentation on Wednesday, March 16, at Hoffbrau Steakhouse (7203 I-40 W) at 11:30 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. Attendees can order from the menu.

As the regional advocacy director for the Panhandle of Texas, Skylar informs voters in the Texas Panhandle of critical issues facing the more than 5 million students in our state’s public schools and helps inspire and motivate Panhandle voters to become more involved in legislative matters at both state and local levels. Skylar is a former television news reporter and anchor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from West Texas A&M University and lives in Amarillo.
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Published On 3/12/2022
Williamson County's Election website was rated as "Outstanding" by the League of Women Voters of Texas in their 2022 Primary Election County Website Review. Williamson County is one of only 56 out of 254 Texas counties to receive this rating.

"We are honored that the League of Women Voters of Texas has rated our Elections website as outstanding in providing voters with the information that they need to participate in the election process, particularly with the additional website requirements that are necessary due to new Texas election laws," said County Judge Bill Gravell. "Williamson County has an exceptional Elections staff who are truly dedicated to public service."
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Published On 3/11/2022
(CNN)Thousands of mail-in ballots were rejected in Texas' most populous county for the March primary because they did not meet requirements set by the state's new voting law passed last year by the Republican-led state legislature, according to Houston-area election officials.

Harris County election officials on Friday announced that of the 36,878 mail ballots received for the March 1 primary, a total of 6,888, or 19%, were rejected "as a direct result of Senate Bill 1."
Under the law, voters had to include a Texas identification number or a partial Social Security number when returning their mail-in ballots. However, the identification number used must match one of the numbers on the voter's registration record. Officials noted that the mail ballots were flagged for rejection "specifically due to ID issues."
The rejection rate is a significant jump from previous years. In 2018, Harris County rejected only 135 mail-in ballots of a total of 48,473 received, officials said ...
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Published On 3/10/2022
The Burnet County Elections website earned an “outstanding” rating from the League of Women Voters of Texas during its recent review of all 254 county elections websites.

Burnet County Election Administrator Doug Ferguson said he was appreciative of the rating and noted that he and his staff work hard to keep the website updated with the information voters need in an easy-to-use format.

“Our website is relatively new, built last year in the fall, so having gotten an outstanding rating is really nice,” he said. “We’ve also gotten good comments from voters over the last few months along with suggestions to help make it better, which we are always interested in.”

The league announced the ratings Monday, March 7.

Out of a 125 possible points, the Burnet County site scored 92.5. Scores of 90 or better were rated outstanding. Across the state, 56 county election sites earned outstanding ratings. Another 36 received a rating of “very good” for scores of 80-89.
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Published On 3/10/2022
In celebration of Women's History Month, the Irving Archives and Museum (IAM) showcases stories that honor the contributions of women who broke molds and shattered glass ceilings.

HERSTORY: A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

Learn about five outstanding women who helped shape Irving's past and present. From building the first library to being the first women in an Irving Police uniform, they defied traditional female roles to leave their marks on this city. Presented by the City of Irving's Diversity and Inclusion committee.
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Published On 3/8/2022
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The League of Women Voters was established in 1920 as soon as women were granted the right to vote.

The Corpus Christi Chapter started in 1945. They're a non-partisan, grassroots, civic organization working to educate voters in a non-partisan way.

The national chapter as well as the local chapter, 120+ members strong, also works on vital issues of concern to their members and the community.

These last few months, that issue has been redistricting.

Kathryn Oler, president of the League of Women Voters Corpus Christi, said they feel Nueces County Commissioners really listened to them. They asked commissioners to get input and feedback from the community before re-drawing the lines, along with other requests to give residents more information, more input.

And so they did.
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Published On 3/8/2022
Members of the community marched and celebrated in downtown Corpus Christi Saturday in remembrance of the 1913 Women's March on Washington and the start of Women's History Month.

Attendees at the March March for the Vote event were able to parade around the park, shop from local women-owned vendors, register to vote, eat from food trucks and listen to speakers and live music from Chicas Rock.

The first local march was in 2020, just before the pandemic yielded lockdowns. A group of supporters, from local women's organizations including Delta Sigma Theta, YWCA, League of Women Voters of Corpus Christi and the American Association of University Women, marched from the Nueces County Courthouse to La Retama Park.

Lois Huff, event organizer, said the goals for the march included "keeping the spirit and essence of women who sacrificed for the right to vote alive and promoting the benefits of action and advocacy."

"The right to vote was not always a given," Huff said.
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Published On 3/4/2022
HOUSTON – Texas and Harris County Democrats addressed what they said are continuing attacks made by Republicans on local voters during Friday’s press conference, according to a news release.

Democrats also called out the repeated accusations made by Gov. Greg Abbott’s appointed secretary of state and the impact it has made on the Primary Election.

Democrats and Republicans have been going back and forth on properly managing the elections in Harris County since Tuesday.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said Democrats will not let Republicans shift blame on their consequence of their administration due to Senate Bill 1.

“We won’t be your scapegoat,” Hinojosa said.

He said the SB1 caused lots of confusion with voters and discouraged people to go out to vote.

“It was not an accidental confusion, it was an intentional confusion, design to prevent people from voting and we are here today to tell the people of the state of Texas that we will not tolerate that
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Published On 3/2/2022
The polls are open until 7 p.m. tonight for local voters to weigh in on their party's state and local candidates.

Today's primary election will determine what Republicans will emerge as the nominees for Cooke County Judge, Precinct Four Commissioner, Governor and the other races in November.

The Register will update unofficial results online from the Cooke County Clerk's office tonight after polls close at 7 p.m.


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Published On 3/1/2022
Today's the day, San Antonio. Primary Election Day is here. If you didn't get a chance to vote in Bexar County during early voting, you'll have until 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 to get your vote on.


Here's what to know.

What do I need?
Texas requires one of the following forms of ID: Driver license, Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC), Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS, Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS, US military identification card containing the person’s photograph, US citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph, and/or US passport (book or card).
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Published On 3/1/2022
Pam Gaskin has been handing out campaign flyers since she was nine years old—the year, she says, that she was first allowed to walk down the street without supervision. Gaskin, now 74 and Fort Bend County resident, is an active member of League of Women Voters.

She says this year is different. An expansive voting law that Texas enacted earlier this year has led to widespread confusion among voters attempting to vote by mail in today’s primary, leading to sky-high ballot-application and ballot rejection rates, according to local election officials. “I know how to read and follow directions,” Gaskin says. “This is a form that is designed incorrectly.”


Harris County, which is home to Houston, reported on Feb. 22 that nearly a third of the mail ballots they’ve received have been rejected, due to the state’s new ID requirements, according to the county election office’s spokesperson. Many voters who are not accustomed to providing their driver’s license numbers or ...
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Published On 3/1/2022
Pam Gaskin has been handing out campaign flyers since she was nine years old—the year, she says, that she was first allowed to walk down the street without supervision. Now 74, Gaskin, a resident of Fort Bend County and a member of the League of Women Voters, has helped register voters for decades.

But this year, she says, is different. An expansive voting law that Texas enacted earlier this year has led to widespread confusion among voters attempting to vote by mail in today’s primary, leading to sky-high ballot-application and ballot rejection rates, according to local election officials. “I know how to read and follow directions,” Gaskin says. “This is a form that is designed incorrectly.”


Harris County, which is home to Houston, reported on Feb. 22 that nearly a third of the mail ballots they’ve received have been rejected, due to the state’s new ID requirements, according to the county election office’s spokesperson.
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Published On 3/1/2022
HOUSTON — With less than two days until Texas’ primary election, Cedric and Myrtis Tatterson sat in a community center gym in Houston to fulfill the training required of them as election judges.

Though they have both served as judges in numerous past elections, Tuesday’s primary will be the first since Texas’ Republican-controlled legislature passed a sweeping voting law with provisions that restrict access to the ballot.

Cedric, who said he has been involved in the struggle for voting rights for decades and marched in his youth with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago, said he’s dismayed with Texas’ efforts to make voting harder.

“You sent me off to Vietnam 50 years ago to fight for this country, and we go backwards,” said the 74-year-old veteran.

Myrtis said it pains her that all five of their children also live in Texas and have to suffer the consequences of the state’s voter suppression tactics.
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Published On 3/1/2022
Albert Wise, who is disabled, never got his mail-in ballot. It took Houston-area retiree Pam Gaskin three attempts to get hers. And 95-year-old World War II veteran Kenneth Thompson had to resubmit his voter registration to finally vote by mail.

Texas voters like these have had to navigate a rocky path in recent weeks just to get their hands on mail-in ballots as the state’s new election law kicked in, sparking widespread confusion and frustration.
The next test of the new law comes today with Election Day in the Lone Star State. While voting by mail and early in-person voting began weeks ago, Tuesday marks the final day to cast ballots in the nation’s second most populous state.
At stake: nominating contests for governor and a slew of statewide, congressional and legislative seats.
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Published On 2/28/2022
HOUSTON — With less than two days until Texas’ primary election, Cedric and Myrtis Tatterson sat in a community center gym in Houston to fulfill the training required of them as election judges.

Though they have both served as judges in numerous past elections, Tuesday’s primary will be the first since Texas’ Republican-controlled legislature passed a sweeping voting law with provisions that restrict access to the ballot.

Cedric, who said he has been involved in the struggle for voting rights for decades and marched in his youth with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago, said he’s dismayed with Texas’ efforts to make voting harder.

“You sent me off to Vietnam 50 years ago to fight for this country, and we go backwards,” said the 74-year-old veteran.

Myrtis said it pains her that all five of their children also live in Texas and have to suffer the consequences of the state’s voter suppression tactics.
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Published On 2/28/2022
Texas' S.B.1 is a newly implemented sweeping election integrity law passed by the Republican-majority state legislature and signed by Gov. Abbott.
For the past seven years, Jim C. has cast his vote in Austin, Texas by mail ballot, which is an option available to registered voters over age 65. But this year, his application for a ballot looked a bit different.

It included a box requiring voters to list either their driver's license or the last four digits of their social security number. Jim chose to enter his social.

But on the day before the deadline to register for vote-by-mail in the 2022 primaries, he received a letter with print so small he needed reading glasses.

"There is a long list, in tiny print, of 16 regulations that must be met," Jim said. "So finally, when we got to the end, we saw that we had been informed that we missed the boat on the ID part of it."

His application to vote-by-mail was rejected a day before the deadline since the board of elections ...
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Published On 2/27/2022
Tuesday is primary election day across the state.

Here are 7 things you need to know when you go to the polls Tuesday:

1. The primaries are conducted by the Republican and Democratic parties, not the county. The county election office is the facilitator for the joint election.

2. Statewide, the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You must vote in the county in which you live and are registered.

3. In Victoria County, registered voters can vote at any of the county’s 32 polling places.

4. To vote you will need to show a form of identification such as your Texas driver’s license, Texas ID, passport or military ID card.

5. Those who wish to submit vote-by mail ballots must do so at the county elections office, 2805 N. Navarro St. Suite 500, inside the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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Published On 2/25/2022
Victoria County may skew red overall, but Tuesday's election is still an important one for local Republican and Democratic voters alike.

"It's really important because we have so many candidates," said Victoria County Republican Chairman Bill Pozzi on Friday, adding that more competition among Republicans is simply healthy for democracy.

"It is important," said Pozzi's counterpart, Victoria County Democratic Chairman Woodrow Wilson Wagner II. "Although we don't have (many) candidates in county offices, we still have candidates at the state level ... there’s still a reason to get out there Tuesday."

Tuesday, Crossroads voters will have one more day to make their voices heard in this year's joint primary election. Voters will receive primary ballots for the party of their choice and will decide who will continue to the general election on Nov. 8.

In Victoria County, 32 polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters may want to vote in the morning, ...
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Published On 2/23/2022
More than 100 years have passed since American women gained the right to vote with the 19th Amendment in 1920. In 2022 we have achieved progress in economic, social, medical, and political realms but this is far from the whole picture.

Women are now 10 percent of all millionaires and have gained more national political representation than ever before yet inequality endures. Many women are still challenged by unequal incomes, poverty, domestic violence, sexual harassment, and abuse.

Women’s numerous advances are worth celebrating but how can they overcome the ongoing problems?

County Line Magazine interviewed Assistant Professor of History Mylynka Kilgore Cardona from Texas A&M University in Commerce. As a historian she offers a long-term view of social, economic, and political gains and setbacks affecting women since the 19th century. She also describes how women are faring today and what factors can lead towards equality.
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Published On 2/22/2022
The League of Women Voters of Houston will have volunteers on hand to take calls from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

KPRC 2 is continuing our long-standing partnership with the League of Women Voters of Houston this upcoming primary election day. On Tuesday, March 1, volunteers from LWV Houston will answer calls related to voting locations, rules, and more.

KPRC 2 will host the phone bank in conjunction with Telemundo Houston.
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Published On 2/22/2022
Guest: Grace Chimene, President, TX League of Women Voters on alarming mid-term primary ballot rejection rate

Also: Biden announces 'first tranche' of Russian sanctions in response to 'invasion'...

On today's BradCast: The greatest threat to autocracy is, of course, democracy. Which is why, I believe, Vladimir Putin is now threatening Ukraine and why Republicans in this country are (successfully) attacking the right to vote itself.

On Ukraine today, we share the latest in the increasingly dangerous standoff that threatens to spark all out war in Eastern Europe, unlike anything seen since WWII. That, on the heels of Putin's increasingly militaristic and bellicose pronouncements and his unilateral declaration on Monday that two Russia-backed, separatist-controlled regions in the eastern part of Ukraine are now independent "republics" that Russian troops may enter (invade) at will, in defiance of international law.
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Published On 2/22/2022
Some early Texas voters in the nation’s first primary are seeing their mail-in ballots rejected for leaving off newly required information following a GOP-led overhaul of the state’s already strict election code.

Election officials in Harris County — a Democratic stronghold that includes Houston and more than 2.4 million voters — said Thursday that in the first batch of mail-in ballots they have received, about 40% could not be counted because of missing information or signatures required under Texas’ sweeping new law passed in August.

Most of the more than 1,300 ballots flagged were missing mandatory identification such as voter ID or Social Security numbers, and a handful was missing a signature, according to Leah Shah, a spokesperson for the Harris County Elections Administrator’s office.

The new law requires that counties notify voters if their mail ballot is rejected, and voters can get another chance to correct it as long as it is received by Election Day, March 1
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Published On 2/21/2022
WACO, Texas — In just one week Texas will hold its 2022 primary elections, but history shows that registered voters tend to sit this one out.

"They tend to be under 20 percent. Compare that to midterm elections where it's like 45 percent to a president election where it's 55 to 60 percent," political science professor, Dr. Pat Flavin, told 25 News. "Primary elections definitely qualify as low turnout elections."

With just a few days left for early voting, McLennan County Election Administrator Jared Goldsmith said they've only seen about 4 percent of eligible voters already.

"I thought we were going to have higher turnout for this election than we've seen so far, however looking at past-like elections such as primaries, we are pretty much on par with where we've been," Goldsmith said.

So what do these numbers mean for the candidates? Dr. Flavin said studies show the number of voters can impact election outcomes.
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Published On 2/16/2022
Thousands of mail-in ballots are being rejected in Harris County and across Texas for not meeting voter ID requirements under the state's new controversial voting law. However, Gov. Greg Abbott's office is placing the blame on local election officials, not the new changes to voter requirements, for invalidated ballots.

Nan Tolson, a spokesperson for Abbott, told Newsweek Tuesday that officials should report such issues to the state instead of going to the media. "The bottom line is that counties should not be rejecting valid mail ballot applications," Tolson told Newsweek. "Reports of high rejection rates of mail ballot applications at the county level are the result of election officials erroneously interpreting the law and going to the press instead of the Texas Secretary of State's office for assistance."

Under Senate Bill 1, which took effect in December, voters are required to include their driver's license number or the last four digits of their social security number
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Published On 2/16/2022
As Texas’ first-in-the-nation primary on March 1 approaches, election administrators and voters are struggling to follow its provisions, many of which make it harder to vote.

The state secretary of state’s office has been unable or unwilling to provide the counties with adequate resources and information, and one new ID requirement in particular has helped send unprecedented numbers of ballots and applications into the reject pile.


Older and disabled voters, some of the few that get to vote by mail in Texas, have borne the brunt of the chaos, said Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas.

“They’re consistent voters,” she told TPM. “They’re very upset that after all these years of voting, suddenly now their ballots and applications are being rejected.”
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Published On 2/15/2022
There are all kinds of ways to fight voter suppression in Texas.

On Monday, the League of Women Voters of Houston showed up at Discovery Green armed with red sunglasses, heart-shaped lollipops, stickers, and signs — as well as voter registration forms and 48-page voter guides for Houstonians who hope to participate in the state’s March 1 primary.

It was Valentine’s Day, as well as the first day of the early-voting period; a happy coincidence, observed LWV Houston President Annie Benifield.


“Show your love by voting!” she advised on Tuesday, the 102nd anniversary of the League’s founding.

It was a gorgeous day, too, with dogs frisking and children frolicking and couples picnicking. But it’s been a grim season for voting rights in Texas, thanks to new restrictions passed by the Republican-led Texas Legislature in 2021.

A federal judge in San Antonio gave voting-rights advocates a rare victory on Friday, blocking a provision in the law that criminalizes the solicitation
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Published On 2/15/2022
Problems with mail ballots crop up in first primary of ’22

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas began early voting Monday in 2022's first primary after a rushed rollout of tougher restrictions and the return of hundreds of mail ballots, dealing Republicans a clumsy debut of voting rules they tightened across the U.S. over the past year in the name of election security.

"Monday is going to be a big day for all of us to see how this plays out," said Isabel Longoria, the elections administrator for Harris County, which includes Houston and more than 2 million voters.

"I think for all of us there is just a sense of uncertainty," she said.

Election officials in Republican-leaning counties have also expressed frustration and confusion over changes they say they have scrambled to implement since Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in September signed a sweeping law that he said would make it "easier to vote and harder to cheat."
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Published On 2/15/2022
Weeks ahead of the state’s March 1 primary, local election officials in Texas are sending mail-in ballots back to thousands of voters who had turned them in, citing issues with ID requirements created by the state’s controversial new voting law.

In Harris County — Texas’ largest county, which is home to Houston — election officials said they’d received 6,548 mail-in ballots as of Saturday and had returned almost 2,500 — nearly 38% — for correction because of an incorrect ID.

That’s a far higher rejection rate than is typical.

Isabel Longoria, the Harris County elections administrator, says it’s a serious problem.

“Mail ballots are people’s votes,” Longoria says. “So, I am very concerned — not just with the complexity of the process, but how that added complexity is going to increase the number of mail ballots that we have to reject.”

Voting for the March 1 primary that is currently underway in Texas is the first big election held in the state since Senate Bill 1,
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Published On 2/15/2022
The liberal media are so desperate to find a single instance of so-called “voter suppression” that they’re resorting to suggesting voters incorrectly filling out forms and clerical snafus were evidence of Republicans stealing the right to vote from black Americans. Or, as they ridiculously call it, “Jim Crow 2.0.” This was the case on Tuesday afternoon's CNN Newsroom as they spoke with a Texas voter.

The segment was helmed by co-host Alisyn Camerota, who leaned on hyperbole to drive the narrative. She suggested “[t]he controversial voting law passed in Texas last year is already creating problems for voters,” and declared: “the worst fears are already coming to pass…”

For the supposedly blatant example of voter suppression, Camerota brought on Pam Gaskin of the League of Women Voters who had her application for a mail-in ballot rejected twice.

Oh, how horrible! She must the victim of a targeted effort to prevent her from voting!
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Published On 2/15/2022
Early voting begins Monday in Texas, with races for top county and state officials on the Republican and Democratic primary tickets. Voters can expect to see several new faces in office, and the March 1 primary marks the first round of voting.

In Tarrant County, three lawmakers are not seeking reelection to the Texas Legislature, and there are open seats for Tarrant County judge and criminal district attorney. Heated statewide races, including for governor, round out the ballot in a midterm year. This is the first statewide voting subject to a new election law that drew national attention.

Texas Secretary of State John Scott encourages people to vote during the early voting period, which runs through Feb. 25.

“I urge everyone who can to take advantage of the convenience of the early voting period to avoid crowds on Election Day,” he said in a statement. “It’s also easy to remember — you can get out and vote early starting on Valentine’s Day!”
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Published On 2/15/2022
The League of Women Voters-Comal Area was appalled to read about the harassment of candidate for Texas House District 73 Justin Calhoun at Monday’s candidate forum hosted by Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.

Trashing of campaign materials and hateful slurs against candidates are strikes against all of us who value American democracy, against the event host and against all those who seek to serve the public by running for office or by providing information to voters.

We urge local voters and organizations to condemn all voter or candidate intimidation attempts whatever your party affiliation. We urge voters to exercise their freedom to vote in the upcoming Texas March 1 Primary Elections as the best response to these attacks on our democracy.
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Published On 2/13/2022
On Saturday, The Eagle Opinion page completed its look at contested Brazos County candidates in the March 1 Republican and Democratic primaries.

We hope voters took the time to read the informative answers provided by the candidates and will use them, along with news stories, campaign ads and flyers and recommendations from friends and co-workers to make a decision on whom to vote for.

Remember, voters may cast a ballot in either party primary, but not both. Winners of the primaries will appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. At that time, you may vote for any candidate on the ballot, despite party label.

We want to thank everyone involved in the primaries and general election.

Of course, the candidates deserve thanks for putting their names on the ballot. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there and suffer criticism that comes with being a candidate.

Their families deserve thanks, too, for they give so much.
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Published On 2/13/2022
Election primaries draw more partisan voters, resulting in candidates on the ballot for the general election who do not necessarily represent the mainstream. Once elected, these officials find it difficult to find common ground to move the legislative agenda forward. This aggravates political polarization and reinforces partisan gridlock.

To reflect broader representation in our elected officials, more mainstream voters need to participate in party primaries. Texas needs leaders who reflect the entire spectrum of ideologies and will work across the aisle to make the Legislature and other government offices more functional.

If you are an eligible voter, I urge you to cast a ballot, even if you don’t strongly identify with a political party. You should carefully consider the candidate choices and participate in one of the primaries (or conventions for the Libertarian and Green parties).

In the upcoming March 1 joint primary election for the Democratic and Republican parties,
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Published On 2/12/2022
The LWV of Amarillo plans to celebrate the day by advocating early voting and informing the public about the candidates for the date of Feb. 14, the same day early voting begins.

“Voting is simply the essential way that we as citizens participate in our government, and it is something that every eligible citizen can do. It is one of our responsibilities as citizens. It's also a privilege that we have that people have struggled for (for) many years. Voting gives us a voice,” said Sonya Letson, president of League of Women Voters of Amarillo.

According to Letson, the local chapter plans to celebrate the anniversary in several ways. LWV aired its candidates forum on Panhandle PBS over the weekend. The 90-minnute broadcast was to inform the public of the local candidates in the upcoming election for Potter and Randall counties, as well as the state Senate race.

The LWV also plans to celebrate the 102nd anniversary by participating in and helping run the polls this Monday.
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Published On 2/11/2022
Some early Texas voters in the nation’s first primary are seeing their mail-in ballots rejected for leaving off newly required information following a GOP-led overhaul of the state’s already strict election code.

Election officials in Harris County — a Democratic stronghold that includes Houston and more than 2.4 million voters — said Thursday that in the first batch of mail-in ballots they have received, about 40% could not be counted because of missing information or signatures required under Texas’ sweeping new law passed in August.

Most of the more than 1,300 ballots flagged were missing mandatory identification such as voter ID or Social Security numbers, and a handful was missing a signature, according to Leah Shah, a spokesperson for the Harris County Elections Administrator’s office.

The new law requires that counties notify voters if their mail ballot is rejected, and voters can get another chance to correct it as long as it is received by Election Day, March 1
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Published On 2/11/2022
A restrictive new voting law in Texas has sown confusion and erected hurdles for those casting ballots in the state’s March 1 primary, with election administrators rejecting early batches of mail ballots at historic rates and voters uncertain about whether they will be able to participate.

In recent days, thousands of ballots have been rejected because voters did not meet a new requirement to provide an identification number inside the return envelope.

In Harris County, the state’s most populous county and home to Houston, election officials said Friday that 40 percent of roughly 3,600 returned ballots so far have lacked the identification number required under Senate Bill 1, as the new law is known. In Williamson County, a populous northern suburb of Austin, the rejection rate has been about 25 percent in the first few days that ballots have come in, the top election official there said.
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Published On 2/10/2022
This area is dedicated to special series, programs, interviews and other segments that have aired and still hold value in understanding our Central Texas community – whether the segment focuses on the arts, politics, education, business or science and environment.

To help voters learn about candidates this election season, KWBU has partnered with the Waco chapter of the League of Women Voters to present candidate forums for five key local and regional races:
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Published On 2/10/2022
NEW TEXAS VOTING LAW - Eligible Texans have less than two weeks left to apply for a mail-in ballot ahead of the March 1st primary election. As the deadline approaches, voting rights groups say they continue to hear from voters whose applications have been rejected due to new ID requirements under Texas' new voting law. So far, thousands of vote-by-mail applications have been flagged for rejection. Grace Chimene is the president of the League of Women Voters of Texas.

“So, we’re encouraging people to apply early and to contact their county if they have not heard whether their application has been accepted because we want every voter to be able to vote in the upcoming open Texas primaries,” Chimene said.
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Published On 2/8/2022
Less than a year after Republican lawmakers pushed through a restrictive voting bill in Texas, election officials there are facing mounting challenges in implementing new voting procedures in time for the upcoming primaries.

Officials are conducting their first election under SB 1, a sweeping overhaul that, among other provisions, restricts the hours that counties can offer early voting and bans election officials from sending unsolicited mail-in voting applications.

The voting changes were signed into law in September, leaving officials less than six months to familiarize themselves and voters with the changes in time for the March 1 primary. Issues, from the rejection of mail-in ballot applications to a temporary voter registration card shortage, have since cropped up ahead of early voting starting on February 14 and a February 18 mail-in ballot application deadline.
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Published On 2/7/2022
The requirement is part of Texas’ new voting law, Senate Bill 1. A provision of the law requires that the ID number on the application for a vote-by-mail ballot, as well as the ballot itself, match the ID number a voter used to register to vote.

More people’s mail-in ballots could be rejected in the March primary because of Texas' new ID matching requirement, local election officials say.

The requirement is part of Texas’ new voting law, Senate Bill 1. A provision of the law requires that the ID number on the application for a vote-by-mail ballot, as well as the ballot itself, match the ID number a voter used to register to vote.

James Slattery, senior staff attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, said he hopes the requirements don't lead to mass rejections when voters start returning their mail-in ballots later this month, but there are serious concerns.

"Everything about this election so far has suggested that everything that can go wrong will indeed go wrong,"
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Published On 2/6/2022
More people's mail-in ballots could be rejected in the March primary because of Texas’ new ID matching requirement, local election officials say.

The requirement is part of Texas' new voting law, Senate Bill 1. A provision of the law requires that the ID number on the application for a vote-by-mail ballot, as well as the ballot itself, match an ID number on the voter's registration record.

James Slattery, senior staff attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, said he hopes the requirements don’t lead to mass rejections when voters start returning their mail-in ballots later this month, but there are serious concerns.

“Everything about this election so far has suggested that everything that can go wrong will indeed go wrong,” he said.
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Published On 2/6/2022
League of Women Voters of Texas

VOTE411.org Is Ready to Inform Texas Voters!


Austin, TX – The 2022 Primary Election includes a large number of races across Texas for the Republican and Democratic parties. The League’s Voters Guide and the online interactive version of the Guide, VOTE411.org, are ready to educate voters about all the many races and candidates. Our Guide is highly trusted because the League poses unbiased questions to all candidates on the ballot about issues critical to Texans, and shares their responses in the Voters Guide in their own words. The League is nonpartisan, never supporting or opposing political parties or political candidates.



VOTE411.org



In addition to candidate information, VOTE411.org, will let Texas voters:

Check their registration status and ensure all information is up-to-date

Enter their address to see the races and candidates on their ballot.
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Published On 2/4/2022
AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - The League of Women Voters has provided a digital version of the March 2022 Primary Voters Guide for the public.

You can view the guide below:
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Published On 2/4/2022
On Wednesday, Jan. 26, the League of Women Voters and state Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, hosted the Electric Reliability Council of Texas' interim CEO Brad Jones on a "listening tour" to explain what's being done to prepare the grid for another winter storm. Before fielding questions, Jones opened with describing several measures ERCOT has already taken, including facility inspections of weatherization measures by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and introducing statewide emergency alerts through the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

In response to Gov. Greg Abbott's now­-infamous guarantee that last year's Winter Storm Uri catastrophe won't be repeated, Jones said, "We've done everything possible to make sure that the lights do stay on." On Tuesday, Abbott amended his statement in regards to this week's ice storm: "No one can guarantee there won't be a load shed event."
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Published On 2/3/2022
Officials in Texas are rejecting thousands of mail-in ballot applications ahead of the first 2022 midterm primary votes next month, raising serious alarm that a new Republican law is going to disenfranchise droves of eligible voters.

The state’s 1 March primary is being closely watched as the first important testof one of the dozens of voting restrictions GOP-controlled state legislatures enacted in 2021.

Last August, Texas Republicans passed a sweeping new voting law, SB 1, that imposes new identification requirements in the mail-in voting process, prohibits election officials from soliciting mail-in ballots, provides partisan poll watchers with more autonomy at the polls and outlaws 24-hour and curbside voting.
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Published On 2/3/2022
AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - The League of Women voter guide has been delivered to Amarillo and Canyon citizens to use in completing their ballot by mail or in-person, according to the president of the League of Women Voters.

The Voters Guides provide information on voting locations and hours as well as information on the candidates provided by the candidates.

Sonya Letson says their was approximately 12,000 Guides were printed.

“There are more than 20 contested state and local races on the ballot, and we have 100 percent participation in the Voters Guide by local candidates in contested primary races,” she said.
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Published On 2/3/2022
Feb. 3—The winter storm threat for later this week has forced the cancellation of one Cooke County election forum; however, one set for the airwaves next week is still on.

The Cooke County Republican Women Club have cancelled a county candidate forum set for Thursday. Judge candidates Steve Starnes, Leon Klement and John Roane were expected to participate, along with candidates for county judge and Klement's Precinct 4 seat.

The League of Women Voters of Cooke County and KGAF will host a live, on air forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, with the local candidates. It will feature live questions and answers.

"We are proud to partner with KGAF for this public service," League President Alice Gruber said.

Early voting for the primary elections starts Feb. 14 and runs through Feb. 25. Election Day is March 1
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Published On 2/1/2022
The winter storm threat for later this week has forced the cancellation of one Cooke County election forum; however, one set for the airwaves next week is still on.

The Cooke County Republican Women Club have cancelled a county candidate forum set for Thursday. Judge candidates Steve Starnes, Leon Klement and John Roane were expected to participate, along with candidates for county judge and Klement’s Precinct 4 seat.

The League of Women Voters of Cooke County and KGAF will host a live, on air forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, with the local candidates. It will feature live questions and answers.

"We are proud to partner with KGAF for this public service," League President Alice Gruber said.

Early voting for the primary elections starts Feb. 14 and runs through Feb. 25. Election Day is March 1.

All candidates in contested Cooke County elections have been invited to participate. The public can tune in on KGAF 92.3 FM or 1580 AM, or livestream the event at KGAF.net
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Published On 2/1/2022
Texas Secretary of State John B. Scott’s office has identified more than 11,000 voters who might be noncitizens in a so-called voter purge program, with nearly 1,200 Dallas County residents removed from the rolls.

AUSTIN — A group of civil rights organizations has sued the Texas secretary of state’s office for refusing to turn over documents related to a so-called voter purge program that has already canceled the voter registrations of nearly 1,200 Dallas County residents.

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund are the lead plaintiffs in the suit against Secretary of State John B. Scott. The suit alleges that Scott violated the National Voter Registration Act by not providing information about the latest effort to purge noncitizens from voting rolls. The program has identified 11,197 registered voters as potential noncitizens.

The Dallas Morning News has also requested information under the ...
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Published On 2/1/2022
The League of Women Voters of Texas, a nonpartisan civic nonprofit, has put together an interactive, online voter guide to help educate people about the many upcoming races across Texas during election season.

The interactive version of the guide, www.vote411.org, offers a variety of tools. The website will allow Texans to: check voter registration status; find the races and candidates on their ballot based on their address; access and compare candidates' qualifications; access voting information and assistance; find polling locations and times; and create a printable personalized ballot to take

"With the changes in election laws in Texas, voters really need simple, accessible tools to help them navigate the voting process before heading to the polls,” said Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas, in a press release. “Vote 411 is a trusted, nonpartisan online election resource."

The voter guide can also be downloaded as a PDF for viewing or printing ...
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Published On 2/1/2022
With today’s deadline for registering to vote for the March 1 primary elections, it was fitting that Texas Secretary of State’s office finally fixed a registration glitch last week for the Houston chapter of the League of Women Voters of Texas. The League had been appealing to the state for more voter registration forms in advance of today’s deadline, and state officials surprisingly said that supply chain problems had prevented them from printing up more forms.

The Secretary of State’s office initially said it could give only 50 of these forms for the state’s most populous city. After widespread and deserved criticism, the state finally came through and sent the League 10,000 voter registration forms. That’s far more appropriate for a city the size of Houston … and apparently those “supply chain” problems weren’t that bad after all.

In addition to pre-election drives, the League also distributes voter registration forms at ceremonies where new citizens are sworn in.
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Published On 1/31/2022
AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Monday, Jan. 31 is the last day to register to vote in Texas. It’s also the same day the Texas Department of Information Resources launched an app that will allow Texans to create an account to keep track of different government-issued IDs, including licenses and registrations.

“We’re launching a digital assistant that’s called Texas by Texas or TXT for short. And it’s going to allow Texans to create an online account where they can manage multiple different government services through the ease, security and convenience of one application on any device anywhere and at anytime,” TDIR’s chief information officer and executive director, Amanda Crawford, said Monday.

“Texans can use TXT to officially renew or replace their driver’s license, or their state ID and renew their vehicle registration. Or if you happen to be a massage therapist or a massage instructor, you can also renew those two occupational licenses.
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Published On 1/31/2022
A few days after her 21st birthday, Pam Gaskin’s father made the 4-hour drive from Galveston County to pick her up from the University of Texas at Austin.

And then he drove her straight back home.

Registering to vote the next day was something of a birthday gift. Gaskin, a Black woman, knew the weight of the moment — the Voting Rights Act of 1965 had been signed just three years earlier, prohibiting discriminatory voting practices in many southern states, including Texas.

She remembers her father’s words: “You will vote every time the polls open. If the only thing on the ballot is ‘dog catcher,’ you will go vote in that election.”

More than five decades later, she can count the number of elections she’s missed on one hand.

But Gaskin’s pledge was put to the test this year after a new state voting law implemented extra ID requirements for mail-in ballot requests. Republicans championed the changes last year in the name of election security, but the stipulations have ...
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Published On 1/28/2022
AUSTIN, Texas — The deadline to register to vote in the March 2022 primary election is on Monday, Jan. 31, but there are some people, like those who have been stalked or in abusive situations, who do not want their information on public voting records.

People who are in this situation have two options.

Valerie DeBill, the voter registration and turnout director for the Austin Area League of Women Voters, talked to KVUE about those options. She told us the most comprehensive option is to apply for the Attorney General’s Address Confidentiality Program.

The second option, which protects less information but is easier to achieve, is to apply with your County Voter Registrar.

The upside to this option is that you are able to go directly to the voter registration office and apply on your own. The downside with this option is that although your address will not show up in public voting records, your name will still be listed as a registered voter in that county.
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Published On 1/28/2022
If you’re a nonprofit doing voter engagement work, you already know that voting laws are always shifting. Whether it’s recent adoptions of same day voter registrations, tighter voter ID laws or the expansion (or subtraction) of vote by mail options — the landscape is always changing and sometimes it can be hard to keep your feet beneath you.

2022 is no different. Whether you work in Texas or not, you’ve probably heard about a new law that has been making headlines. As reported by KUT 5 (Austin’s NPR station) Senate Bill 1, which went into effect last month, dictates that “voters will now have to provide — on both their vote-by-mail application and the actual ballot — their driver’s license number or Social Security number.” In the wake of the new law, there are reports of “hundreds” of ballot applications have been rejected in populous counties like Harris, Travis and Bexar.
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Published On 1/26/2022
Less than a week remains before the Jan. 31 deadline to register to vote in the March 1 primary. While Secretary of State John Scott publicly assured Texas voters that “every single eligible Texas voter will be able to register to vote if they have not done so already,” the League of Women Voters on Friday threatened to sue his office if the nonpartisan group isn’t provided with additional voter registration forms.

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The Austin American-Statesman reported the league contends the state has decided to “sharply limit” the number of voter registration forms distributed to the league and other groups, claiming that is a violation of the National Voter Registration Act.

“It is crucial that the Secretary of State’s office act swiftly to provide the necessary voter registration forms for the people of Texas. The deadline to register to vote for the upcoming primary election is quickly approaching, and Texas is one of 11 states without online voter registration,” said Grace
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Published On 1/26/2022
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - During last year’s legislative session, the state’s political districts were redrawn. This year’s election is the first one since the new boundaries were changed and could mean you are voting in a new district.

“The majority party does the redistricting and the idea is, you know, you are going to help yourself if you have that opportunity,” Dr. Steve Garrison, a political science professor at MSU Texas, said.

Dr. Garrison adds the redistricting process works in the interest of the political party holding the majority. In Texas, this is the Republican Party.

“It’s purely political but it also has negative because the one input that we have as far as government goes is what the voter’s will and wishes are, and if they are not able to select people that effectively represent those wishes, you get a government that is taking that input and acting on something that may not be representative of what the people are actually looking for,” Dr. Garrison
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Published On 1/26/2022
With early voting in the March Primary Election fast approaching, the League of Women Voters of Texas wants to remind voters of some important deadlines and some new voting processes.

“The last day to register to vote for the 2022 Texas Primaries is January 31st,” the LWV said.

Voters may check their voter registration status with their county voter registrar or online at votetexas.gov and click “Am I Registered?”

“There is a new voter registration application that eligible Texans may print, fill out and turn in to their county voter registrar to register to vote,” the LWV said.

Noting another new process, the League of Women Voters said voters who are already registered to vote may now update their voter registration online, at https://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/sos/SOSACManager, if they moved within the state or have changed their name.

“The voter will need a Texas Drivers License or Personal Identification Card, their Social Security Number and Voter Registration Card
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Published On 1/26/2022
AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – The League of Women Voters in Amarillo (LWV) gave an update on their efforts to register community members around the High Plains to vote in time for the March 1 primaries. With only days left until that deadline, Jan. 31, the LWV also offered reminders about recently changed guidelines and the registration process.

This comes after the League of Women Voters of Texas, a broader-scale level of the organization, issued a letter on Jan. 21 to Texas Secretary of State John Scott regarding what was described as a “response to his office’s practice of severely limiting voter registration forms provided to voter registration organizations in the state — in violation of the National Voter Registration Act.” The organization said it would sue if the state did not issue more forms as requested.

LWV Amarillo member Sonya Letson spoke with MyHighPlains.com about the situation and said that the local chapter of the organization has also experienced a shortage of
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Published On 1/26/2022
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) -The YWCA and the League of Women Voters of Lubbock County are teaming up to provide two drive-thru voter registration events this week.

The first event is on Friday, January 28 from 11 a.m until 2 p.m. at the YWCA, located at 6501 University Ave. Food trucks will be available.

The second registration will be at the same location, but on Saturday, January 29 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

The last day to register to vote is January 31 for the Texas Midterm Primaries, which take place on March 1.

If you have never registered before, need to change your address or name, or if your registration has expired, you will be able to renew at the event.

If you will be 18 years old by the day of the election, you are able to register now.

Click here to see if you’re currently registered to vote.
https://www.votelubbock.org/voting-information/voter-information-lookup/#VoterEligibilitySearch
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Published On 1/25/2022
Our guests this Tuesday include Grace Chimene, President of the League of Women Voters of Texas. LWV is a nonpartisan, grassroots civic organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. We also have Charlie Bonner, Communications Director for MOVE Texas. MOVE is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that builds power in underrepresented youth communities through civic education, leadership development, and issue advocacy. We will hear about the effects of SB1 on the Texas voting experience going forward. We’re joined by Jim Harrington, retired founder of the Texas Civil Rights Project, as well as Michelle Manning-Scott, associate producer of the show. Michelle has been a volunteer for LWV.
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Published On 1/24/2022
Less than a week remains before the Jan. 31 deadline to register to vote in the March 1 primary. While Secretary of State John Scott publicly assured Texas voters that ³every single eligible Texas voter will be able to register to vote if they have not done so already,² the League of Women Voters on Friday threatened to sue his office if the nonpartisan group isn¹t provided with additional voter registration forms.

The Austin American-Statesman reported the league contends the state has decided to ³sharply limit² the number of voter registration forms distributed to the league and other groups, claiming that is a violation of the National Voter Registration Act.

It is crucial that the Secretary of State¹s office act swiftly to provide the necessary voter registration forms for the people of Texas. The deadline to register to vote for the upcoming primary election is quickly approaching, and Texas is one of 11 states without online voter registration,² said Grace Chimene
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Published On 1/21/2022
(Texas Tribune) — The Texas secretary of state’s office is having more trouble than usual getting enough voter registration cards to groups who help Texans register to vote.

Sam Taylor, assistant secretary of state for communications, said supply chain issues have made it harder and more expensive to get paper, which means the secretary of state’s office will be giving out fewer voter registration forms to groups ahead of elections this year.

“We are limited in what we can supply this year, because of the paper shortage and the cost constraints due to the price of paper and the supply of paper,” he said.

Grace Chimene, the president of the League of Women Voters of Texas, said it is not unusual for the secretary of state to not have enough forms to fill all the requests it gets from groups like hers ahead of elections. This particular shortage, however, is affecting an important part of her group’s work: registering thousands of newly naturalized citizens.
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Published On 1/20/2022
As the March 1st primary election draws near, Texas voters are urged to find out what it takes to successfully vote after legislators there passed laws severely restricting mail-in and early voting.

The League of Women Voters of Texas held an online forum this week asking voters to proactively educate themselves.

Grace Chimene, president of the nonpartisan group, said even seasoned voters could get tripped up.

"The laws that were passed in the last legislative session were huge, and it's a massive change in the election law," Chimene asserted.

Earlier this week, hundreds of applications for mail-in ballots were rejected in Texas counties because voters were using outdated application forms, according to local election administrators. New forms require voters to include a driver's license or Social Security number, which previous forms did not. Adding insult to injury, Chimene pointed out the deadline to register is Jan. 31.
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Published On 1/19/2022
As the Texas Secretary of State hustles to train and equip county election officials to implement new ID requirement for absentee voters that is creating confusion across the state, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir offered advice to voters.

“The best thing to do when faced with voter suppression — and my friends, this is what voter suppression looks like — the best thing to defeat it is to go vote,” DeBeauvoir, a Democrat, said at a news conference Tuesday. “The best thing to do is fight back.”

The law, passed by the state’s Republican majority last year and in effect as of Dec. 2, added requirements for voters to include a driver’s license number or partial Social Security number. The new law also required that voters be allowed to correct mistakes on their mail ballot applications with the click of a button using an online state system.
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Published On 1/18/2022
Do you remember what identification number you used when you registered to vote? No one does, and that number should not prevent you from voting by mail. The latest mail ballot application debacle could be foreseen when the Texas Legislature persisted in making our complicated voting system even harder. Despite a smooth 2020 election, our Legislature enacted ever more restrictive voting laws.

The issue at stake here is a new required voter ID on the application. Voters must provide their Texas driver's license number or Texas ID number. If they do not have one of these, they provide the last four digits of their social security number. The tricky part is found on the back of the application in the fine print: “If you have been issued one of the required numbers, but it is not associated with your voter registration record, please contact your local registrar to inquire about how to add one of the required numbers to your voter registration record.”
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Published On 1/18/2022
Owing to a paper shortage and a change in voter registration documents, it’s become that much harder for some of the most marginalized Texans to register to vote this year. The Texas Secretary of State’s office told NPR Austin affiliate KUT that voting rights groups are now restricted to just 1,000 to 2,000 voter registration forms per request. According to the president of the League of Women Voters of Texas, just one chapter of the group in Houston requires thousands more ballots, especially when it comes to registering new voters who have recently become naturalized citizens.

”The League in Houston registers about 30,000 new citizens every year through these ceremonies in the past,” Grace Chimene told KUT. Texas ranks in the top three percentage for naturalized citizens, with 69,400 naturalizations approved in Texas in 2021 alone. Though a registration form was previously more easily available to Texans, that form has changed due to the implementation of Texas’ strict new voting
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Published On 1/18/2022
The Texas Secretary of State’s office is blaming supply chain issues for a shortage of voter registration forms in the Lone Star State after bottlenecks in the fall caused prices to skyrocket nationwide.

Sam Taylor, the assistant secretary of state for communications, said supply chain snarls have driven up the price of paper, which will in turn caused the state to distribute fewer voter registration forms in preparation for November’s midterm elections.

“We are limited in what we can supply this year, because of the paper shortage and the cost constraints due to the price of paper and the supply of paper.” Taylor told KUT 90.5.

The Secretary of State’s office is now limiting the number of registration forms groups are able to request: each organization can only receive between 1,000 and 2,000 registration forms per ask, according to Taylor.

The shortage, however, is occurring at a particularly tenuous time for Texas, as groups in the Lone Star State work to register voters
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Published On 1/18/2022
The Texas Secretary of State’s office is having more trouble than usual getting enough voter registration cards to groups who help Texans register to vote.

Sam Taylor, assistant secretary of state for communications, said supply chain issues have made it harder and more expensive to get paper, which means the Secretary of State's office will be giving out fewer voter registration forms to groups ahead of elections this year.

“We are limited in what we can supply this year, because of the paper shortage and the cost constraints due to the price of paper and the supply of paper,” he said.

Grace Chimene, the president of the League of Women Voters of Texas, said it is not unusual for the Secretary of State to not have enough forms to fill all the requests it gets from groups like hers ahead of elections. This particular shortage, however, is affecting an important part of her group’s work: registering thousands of newly naturalized citizens.
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Published On 1/17/2022
The omicron COVID-19 surge is already making the March primaries a challenge. Bexar County Elections administrator Jacque Callanen told County Commissioners that many election judges and poll staff may not show up because of the virus.

“Some of them are calling us and saying the spouse has it, the grandchildren have it — they have to wait and see,” Callanen said.

She explained that some regular polling sites are now being used for COVID testing.

“But now because it’s testing where people would be coming in with active cases, they’re debating whether we should be asking voters to come into a place and literally stand 10 feet from someone potentially infected,” she said.

Gov. Greg Abbott has made masking optional at voting sites. But a new Texas election law, known as Senate Bill 1, is making matters worse. The law makes it harder for eligible voters to vote from home. Getting a mail-in ballot application is now more difficult and filling it out is more complicated.
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Published On 1/16/2022
With the March primary election just weeks away, a new state law is changing the process for how some people vote.

"We need it to be less difficult to have our civic involvement accessible to us," says San Antonio voter Edna Molina. "We need it as simple as possible."

Molina is one of nearly a million Texans who voted by mail during the 2020 election.

She's 79-years-old and says she struggles navigating computers and has had a ballot mailed to her the last few years.

Her brother currently in her care who has Down Syndrome, has also voted by mail for years, but now county election offices in Texas can no longer send you an application to vote by mail unless you request it.

"Now for him to request a form to apply for a mail-in ballot is just one more layer of putting people off," says Molina.
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Published On 1/13/2022
The omicron COVID-19 surge is already making the March primaries a challenge. Bexar County Elections administrator Jacque Callanen told County Commissioners that many election judges and poll staff may not show up because of the virus.

“Some of them are calling us and saying the spouse has it, the grandchildren have it — they have to wait and see,” Callanen said.

She explained that some regular polling sites are now being used for COVID testing.

“But now because it’s testing where people would be coming in with active cases, they’re debating whether we should be asking voters to come into a place and literally stand 10 feet from someone potentially infected,” she said.

Gov. Greg Abbott has made masking optional at voting sites. But a new Texas election law, SB1, is making matters worse. The law makes it harder for eligible voters to vote from home. Getting a mail-in ballot application is now more difficult and filling it out is more complicated.
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Published On 1/12/2022
Independent voting rights advocates will likely try to spread the word.

It’s a new year and there are new voter laws in place for Texas elections in 2022.

It's now illegal for public officials in Texas to promote voting by mail. So, independent voting rights advocates will likely try to spread the word. Grace Chimene is the president of the League of Women Voters of Texas.

"They can put the information on their website — that is not illegal. What they can't do is say, 'Would you like to vote by mail?' They can't offer (it) when they're out registering voters. They can't give people an application to vote by mail," said Chimene.
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Published On 1/10/2022
Texas public officials can no longer promote voting by mail (but we can) - Texas Public Radio 1/10/22

It’s a new year and there are new voter laws in place for Texas elections in 2022.

It's now illegal for public officials in Texas to promote voting by mail. So, independent voting rights advocates will likely try to spread the word. Grace Chimene is the president of the League of Women Voters of Texas.

"They can put the information on their website — that is not illegal. What they can't do is say, 'Would you like to vote by mail?' They can't offer (it) when they're out registering voters. They can't give people an application to vote by mail," said Chimene.

Texas County elections offices are prohibited from sending applications to vote by mail unless a voter specifically requests one.
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Published On 1/7/2022
A big part of the Texas brand is being a state where you can be free and enjoy a heapin' helpin' of personal liberty. Turns out that’s just more hat than cattle.

The conservative Cato Institute released a report ranking the states for personal freedom. Texas comes in second to the last. California out-performed Texas in this list.

To find out more, TPR spoke with Jason Sorens of the Cato Institute and the co-author of the Cato Institute report "Freedom In The 50 States."
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Published On 1/6/2022
League of Women Voters of Texas and League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area both urge eligible Texas residents to register and to use available resources ahead of 2022 elections, including March party primaries, May local elections and the November general elections.

“As a statewide volunteer grassroots organization, the League has the unique boots-on-the-ground strength to empower voters and defend democracy in Texas,” LWV Texas President Grace Chimene said in a message to supporters.

According to organization officials, LWV Texas encourages voters to use Vote411.org, the League’s web-based guide where a resident may enter their address, and only the races on their local ballot will pop up.

The interactive guide includes several nonpartisan questions that readers may use to compare their positions on important issues.

Users may also use Vote411.org to check a box next to their preferred candidates and print out a list to take with them to a voting site.
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Published On 1/4/2022
America cherishes democracy, and democracy needs cultivating. It’s up to us, the citizens, to make it work. Making democracy work is to renew the American system of representative government and reinvigorate citizen participation.

As an organization devoted to citizen participation in government, the League of Women Voters of San Antonio believes our youth are critical to the health of our democracy. To safeguard our democracy, it is imperative to reach out to the next generation — our future voters and future leaders.

As anti-democratic forces threaten our democracy and erode public confidence, especially among youth, the League of Women Voters, the most trusted name since 1920 in nonpartisan voter education, is embarking on a strategic, comprehensive youth initiative project, Picture This: Our Future, Our Vote. The initiative advances the league’s core mission of encouraging informed and active participation of citizens in government.
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Published On 1/4/2022
The black skin on my hands means everything

In the constant pursuit of freedom

Cracks on my knuckles persist

As I spill blood

On the foot of Lady Justice

In the eye of our system —

And to the men above me —

I am identified by

A mere color
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Published On 12/16/2021
Arlington's new city council districts give slightly more voting power to voters of color, but NAACP and LULAC leaders said they do not reflect its diverse communities.

Arlington city council approved redrawn voting districts this week that some civil and voting rights groups say do not reflect growth in Black, Hispanic and Latino communities.

Council members gave final approval Tuesday to a map that redraws four of the city’s five single-member districts to more evenly split Arlington residents. The city-appointed redistricting task force selected the map as the best of five put forward — three from Bojorquez Law Firm, two from residents and community groups.
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The approved map moves voters in the area between North Bowen Road, West Sanford Street, Oakwood Lane, and West Randol Mill Road/Westwood Drive from District 1 to District 4. District 3 residents in the boundaries of East Arkansas Lane, New York Avenue, Sherry Street, and East Mayfield
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Published On 12/14/2021
If you're over 65 or have a disability that makes a trek to the polls difficult or impossible, the League of Women Voters is offering a webinar Wednesday lining out what you are and aren't entitled to under the new tightened Texas voting laws.

In conjunction with The Arc of Texas, Disability Rights Texas, and REV UP, the League will present a one-hour webinar discussing the changes enacted in the most recent session of the Texas Legislature. These include changes to who can vote by mail, voting curbside and how assistance to voters who feel they need help will be handled.

In a press release, Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas was quoted as saying:

“We want to get voters ready well before the March 2022 Primary Election so that they are not confused by or afraid of these election law changes. This webinar will be helpful for all voters, but especially those who will be disproportionately affected such as disabled voters and voters over 65.
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Published On 12/10/2021
AUSTIN, Texas -- After 22 days, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision Friday on two cases that seek to challenge Texas' controversial and restrictive abortion ban, a ruling that allows the cases to continue although justices stopped short of pausing the law altogether.

The court, in an 8-1 decision, allowed a lawsuit by Texas abortion providers to proceed in lower courts, but did not stop enforcement of Senate Bill 8, also known as the Texas Heartbeat Act. Instead, abortion providers will resume lawsuits seeking to block the act.

The court did, however, dismiss a separate challenge from the Biden administration. The court determined that the U.S. Department of Justice does not have standing to sue to block the controversial state law.

In essence, S.B. 8 allows third parties to sue doctors, nurses and clinics for providing abortion services – which are legal under the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade – to patients.
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Published On 11/29/2021
On Monday’s Houston Matters: Early voting begins today as voters will decide four HISD trustee races that have been forced into runoffs. We take a closer look at some of the issues at play.
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Published On 11/28/2021
Your input sought for League of Women Voters Hays

It may be heresy for a card-carrying member of the League of Women Voters (LWV) to admit that I could use a break from elections. Believe it or not, the Primary Election Cycle is upon us and that means the LWV of Hays County must be ready for February 14th when Early Voting begins. We need to learn what is on your mind. Our crystal ball is out for maintenance, so no vacation for us.

In our commitment to voter education, the League prepares printed Voter Guides and an online guide at VOTE411.org for every election. We also hold candidate forums with the next planned for February 2022. To do a good job for you, the voter, we need your help to prepare timely and relevant questions. We listen to what you care about and prepare questions that are submitted to all candidates. This is your opportunity to let the League know issues of most importance to you.
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Published On 11/17/2021
Austin, Texas – A group of voting rights advocates filed a lawsuit against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Secretary of State John Scott over the state's new redistricting maps.

Numerous voting rights organizations joined Fair Maps Texas Action Committee's lawsuit against the governor and secretary of state, which was announced on Tuesday.

The lawsuit states that the 2020 census showed that people of color accounted for 95% of the state's population increase over the past decade, and argues that the newly enacted redistricting plans fail to depict such reality.

"Instead, Texas has once again done what it has done several times before, drawing electoral districts that intentionally discriminate against the state’s minority populations and dilute their voting power," the lawsuit claims.
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Published On 11/13/2021
School board members to talk to LWV about impact of recent Texas legislation
At its monthly lunch membership meeting, the Amarillo League of Women Voters will have several area school board members talk to them about the impact of recent Texas legislation on area public schools, according to a news release.

The meeting will be held at noon Wednesday at Dyer’s-BQue in Wolflin Square.

School board members participating in the panel discussion include Kim Anderson, vice president, Amarillo ISD; Amanda Brown, president of River Road ISD; Anette Carlisle, board member, Amarillo College Board of Regents; and Don Powell, board member, Amarillo ISD. The panel will address education legislation from the regular session, and the three special sessions that followed. Kim Anderson will act as moderator of the panel as second VP of the Amarillo League of Women Voters.
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Published On 11/11/2021
Galveston County leaders are preparing to adopt new precinct maps that would either eliminate or dilute the county’s only precinct designed to represent communities of color — and there's little opponents can do to avert the change.

The two maps under consideration would gut the coalition Black-and-Hispanic representation in Galveston County Precinct 3. One would dismantle the precinct entirely by shifting it inland, and the other would nullify the minority voting advantage by adding to it the largely Anglo Bolivar Peninsula. Republican county leaders employed GOP strategist Dale Oldham to draw the maps.
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Published On 11/9/2021
1919
The San Antonio Equal Franchise Society holds their final meeting at the Gunter Hotel and disbands. In its place is organized the Bexar County League of Women Voters.
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Published On 11/5/2021
A ceremony is set Saturday to unveil a historical marker in honor of the League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County.

“We are excited to be receiving this historical marker in the league’s honor,” said Marilyn Willis, group co-president. “The fact that the city is taking the time and effort to recognize our efforts is very exciting.”

Willis added that the league has been around since 1950. Throughout the years, a lot of thought and effort have been put into the activities offered to residents, and some wonderful accomplishments have been made, she said.
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Published On 11/4/2021
Election Day is Tuesday, November 2 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and registered voters will be deciding on 8 propositions, ranging from issues regarding religious freedom, gambling and exemptions for spouses of veterans. Videos are available on each of the 8 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that explain the proposition and the pros and cons at: https://my.lwv.org/texas.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan civic organization which encourages informed and active participation in government by citizens. Citizens can view printed copies of Voter Guides at local libraries and also visit VOTE411.org.
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Published On 11/2/2021
We broke down what the eight proposed Texas Constitution amendments would do if they are passed.

SAN ANTONIO — This Election Day, Nov. 2, Texas voters are considering eight state propositions on their ballots.

Each is a proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution. Voters will have the opportunity to vote “for” or “against” each of them.
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Published On 11/2/2021
It's time to vote in Texas again! This November, Frisco citizens have the opportunity to vote on eight proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. Learn more about what you're voting for, when to vote, and where you can vote.

Every odd year, constitutional amendments need voter approval to be added to the Texas Constitution. The current Texas Constitution was written in 1876 and has a very limited scope of power. As such, the Texas Constitution is regularly amended to accommodate the changing needs of our state. The state legislature is putting eight proposed amendments to the ballot this time.
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Published On 11/2/2021
We analyzed what would happen if the eight proposed Texas constitutional amendments were passed.

San Antonio — On this election day, November 2, Texas voters are considering eight state proposals on ballots.

Each is an amendment to the Texas Constitution. Voters have the opportunity to “agree” or “disagree” with each other.

All potential amendments began in the Texas State Parliament, as the State Constitution cannot be amended by citizen-led voting initiatives or petitions. For this reason, Texas will vote for the amendment in the fall of odd-numbered years, following the spring legislative session.
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Published On 11/1/2021
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Tuesday is Election Day and it is important to know what’s on the ballot. Here are some races you should be aware of.

Statewide, Texans will vote on eight constitutional amendments, and locally, Houston area residents will have district- and county-specific ballot options. There are also a number of school board elections that will greatly impact our children’s futures.
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Published On 11/1/2021
Highland Lakes voters can cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, in the Texas constitutional amendment election. After almost two weeks of early voting, Election Day is the last chance for Texans to decide the eight proposed amendments.
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Published On 10/31/2021
This Tuesday, November 2nd, voters across Texas will decide on whether to approve 8 proposed constitutional amendments which came out of the last Texas legislative session. All precincts in Coleman County will vote at the Coleman County Courthouse on Tuesday. Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. (scroll down for link to the county elections page)
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Published On 10/29/2021
On Thursday, Oct. 28, the League of Women Voters and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center held a Prenatal Care Community Meeting to discuss access to prenatal care in the Panhandle area.
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Published On 10/28/2021
The importance of prenatal care was the topic of discussion at a community meeting held tonight by the Amarillo League of Women Voters.

The meeting is part of an ongoing two year-long study by the Amarillo League about maternal morbidity and mortality in Amarillo.

The league says the United States ranks higher for mortality deaths than any other industrialized country.
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Published On 10/18/2021
SAN ANTONIO - How many times have you gone to the polls on election day, read a proposition, and had no idea what it really meant?

This election is not what the League of Women Voters’ calls “a fun election” -- but they say voting on Texas amendments might benefit you one day, so knowing what they mean is crucial.

“It’s very good to know what sort of changes are being made to the constitution and how it might affect you,” says Janet.

This election, along with county propositions, you’ll see eight state propositions.

Two of them are a result of COVID.
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Published On 10/18/2021
They are not “permanent” but they’re not easy to repeal once they’re enacted

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - More than 500 voters made it out to the polls on Monday for the first day of early voting in Lubbock County. Special elections like this November’s are usually known for low voter turnout. But constitutional amendments aren’t something to scoff at.

“It’s probably more important than electing a person because it’s fundamentally changing the rules in which we operate,” Lubbock State Senator Charles Perry said.

In addition to a few local items, such as a $174 million bond to repair Lubbock city streets and a property tax rate increase for Lubbock County residents, there are eight new propositions that would change the state’s constitution. They range from closing unintended loopholes of existing legislation to creating new protections based on experiences during the pandemic.
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Published On 10/18/2021
AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Elections administrators in Potter and Randall Counties said early voting in the Nov. 2 election got off to a slow start on Monday.

“It is so slow today, just beyond. We’ve had slow elections before, but I think this one may be setting a record for the slowest,” said Melynn Huntley, Potter County elections administrator.

Huntley said 106 people voted in Potter County on Monday. In Randall County, elections administrator Shannon Lackey said only about 120 people had voted by Monday afternoon.

“That is an extremely low turnout but I hope to see is I hope that so many more people come out and cast their ballot for the constitutional amendment, and the city of Amarillo special election,” said Lackey.
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Published On 10/8/2021
Oveta Culp Hobby was a woman of drive and determination. From newspaper editor to presidential cabinet secretary and more, Hobby lived a life of service and breaking barriers for women.

She was born Oveta Culp in 1905 in Killeen to lawyer Ike Culp and his wife, Elizabeth. She was one of seven children. She was very intelligent and studious as a child. When her father was elected to the state legislature in 1918, she accompanied him to the Capitol on many occasions to witness the legislature in action.
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Published On 10/5/2021
We analyzed what would happen if the eight proposed Texas constitutional amendments were passed.

Austin, Texas — On this election day, November 2, Texas voters will see eight state proposals on ballots.


Each is an amendment to the Constitution of Texas, and as always, voters have the opportunity to “agree” or “disagree” with each other.
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Published On 10/4/2021
The 2021 off-year elections will be anything but off-target Nov. 2 — and that’s why the League of Women Voters-Comal Area (LWV-CA) is schooling area voters on candidates and issues.

On Monday, voters could access VOTE411.org, enter their address, and obtain ballot information specific to their location. Unregistered voters wishing to cast ballots in the general election had until Monday to register to vote.

While odd-year elections usually feature Texas constitutional amendments — there are eight proposals on this year’s ballot — voters in Comal and Guadalupe counties will decide several important issues.
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Published On 10/3/2021
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is facing some pushback from Republican leadership over his call to increase penalties for illegal voting. He added the issue to the third and current special session agenda Thursday, saying the provision for stiffer penalties was removed from the controversial election overhaul bill he signed into law in September.
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Published On 10/1/2021
The El Paso County Redistricting Advisory Commission is close to making a recommendation to the County Commissioners Court on how to redraw the boundaries for the four commissioner precincts.

Voting boundaries for elected officials at the local, state and federal level are redrawn every 10 years following the release of decennial U.S. census data.

El Paso County’s population in 2020 was 865,657, according to data released in August. The figure represents an 8% increase over the prior census in 2010 — the county’s slowest period of growth since the Great Depression.
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Published On 10/1/2021
AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - The Amarillo League of Women Voters will be registering voters at United and Amigo’s locations Saturday.

The league will also be registering voters at the Women’s March at Ellwood Park.
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Published On 9/28/2021
The 2021 National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 28 and KPRC 2 is partnered with the League of Women Voters of Houston to get voters registered all across the Houston area.

LWV-Houston will have more than 200 volunteers at more than 40 locations on that day to help qualified voters register to vote. QR codes linking to voter registration materials, registration status, and sample ballots, will be on hand.
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Published On 9/28/2021
WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — For National Voter Registration Day the League of Women Voters of Wichita Falls spent the day at three local public libraries to help get residents registered to vote, a tradition they’ve been doing for the past five years.

“Voting for the first time was a wonderful experience for me. I felt like I was grown up, I guess. I felt like I was part of society and that I had a say in what was happening and who was going to be representing me,” Cheryl Gilley, a member of the League of Women Voters said.
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Published On 9/28/2021
AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) — Time is ticking to register to vote in this upcoming election, Nov. 2, which has items ranging from constitutional amendments to tax changes.

Tuesday is a holiday you may not even know existed; National Voter Registration Day. People across the nation are filling out those registration forms, and here in The Bomb City, efforts have been going all month long.

“We will have been at all the major public high schools this September," said Sonya Letson, President of the League of Women Voters.

“We want to enforce to them that you know they have they have a right to say what happens in their future," Jami Cowart, Voter Services Coordinator with the League of Women Voters said.
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Published On 9/26/2021
SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – The Smith County Elections Office and the League of Women Voters of Tyler will have several locations open for people to register to vote for National Voter Registration day.

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Nation Voter Registration day is on Tuesday, Sept. 28 and the East Texans can register to vote at the following areas:

Tyler Public Library – 201 South College, Tyler – From noon to 3 p.m.
Lindale Public Library – 200 East Hubbard, Lindale – From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tyler Jr. College Student Center – 1327 So Baxter – From 3:50 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
UT Tyler Muntz Library and Harvey Deck – 3900 University Blvd, Tyler – From noon to 3 p.m.
Tyler Downtown Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Smith County Elections Office – 304 East Ferguson – From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Glass Recreation Center – 501 West 32nd, Tyler – From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
New Life Community Church – 1201 NNW Loop 323 – Drive thru from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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Published On 9/25/2021
The Texas Secretary of State's office has launched an audit of 2020 election results in four of Texas’ largest counties: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant and Collin.

In a statement released Sept. 23, the office said it anticipates the state Legislature will fund the process.

“Under existing Texas laws, the secretary of state has the authority to conduct a full and comprehensive forensic audit of any election and has already begun the process in Texas’ two largest Democrat counties and two largest Republican counties—Dallas, Harris, Tarrant and Collin—for the 2020 election,” the statement said.
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Published On 9/23/2021
AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Amarillo League of Women Voters (LWV) announced it will be registering voters on Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Downtown Amarillo Public Library. Voter Services Vice President Jami Cowart said the event is in recognition of National Voter Registration Day.

“We are delighted that both the Potter County Commissioner’s Court and the Amarillo City Council have proclaimed September as Voter Registration Month, and we are pleased to report that the Amarillo League has registered senior students at all local high schools during this month. The League believes that getting young people in the habit of voting at an early age will ensure their participation in our democracy,” Cowart added.

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Amarillo LWV President Sonya Letson said they are preparing for the elections on Nov. 2.
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Published On 9/22/2021
National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 28, as the deadline to register for the Nov. 2 election is Oct. 4.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, the League of Women Voters Hill Country will hold a voter registration and voter information table at the Harper Family Dollar Store, 23047 U.S. 290 West, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

League members who are deputized to register voters for Gillespie and Kerr counties will be available. Additionally, they will have information on where and when to vote. Those unable to drop by who want to check their voter registration status should visit Vote411.org.
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Published On 9/21/2021
The Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Houston-based Dr. Steven Hotze, chairman of the Harris County Republican Party, and others have asked the Texas Supreme Court to intervene to compel the Harris County elections administrator to follow election law governing mail ballot procedures and to follow a previous Texas Supreme Court ruling in State v. Hollins.

“The Administrator’s illegal election scheme creates voter confusion and an environment for voter fraud, including ballot harvesting,” Houston-based Jared Woodfill told The Center Square. “Ballot harvesting or vote trafficking are schemes where individuals collect and return mail-in votes on behalf of multiple voters. Sometimes the voter may realize their ballot is being harvested, especially if compensation was involved. Sometimes, they may not realize it is being harvested, as they are misinformed that the harvester is just ‘providing a service or assistance.’”
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Published On 9/17/2021
The League of Women Voters Austin Area will host a virtual fall kick-off event on Sept. 26.

The topic will be “Democracy in the Spotlight: Voter Rights & Election Laws." The program will be given from 2 to 4 p.m., and volunteer deputy registrar training for those interested will be given from 4 to 5 p.m.
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Published On 9/17/2021
Lawmakers are holding public hearings to hear testimony on the process, and grassroots organizations are encouraging Texans to participate, saying it's important for people to inform lawmakers about their communities and how they would be best represented. ​

The Texas House Redistricting Committee is holding its next public hearing this Saturday at 11 a.m.

“I wanted to work on fixing the fundamentals of democracy," said Genevieve Van Cleve, Texas director for All On The Line, a group that is fighting against the practice of gerrymandering.

She's been preparing for the upcoming redistricting process for years. ​
“The way these lines are drawn is how all of the power and the money is divvied up in Texas for a decade," she said.
“The way in which you will partition the state, the way in which certain voters are grouped with other voters, makes a big difference both in terms of political and partisan representation, as well as in racial and ethnic group representation," said
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Published On 9/17/2021
(The Center Square) – The Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Houston-based Dr. Steven Hotze, chairman of the Harris County Republican Party and others have asked the Texas Supreme Court to intervene to compel the Harris County elections administrator to follow election law governing mail ballot procedures, and to follow a previous Texas Supreme Court ruling in State v. Hollins.

“The Administrator’s illegal election scheme creates voter confusion and an environment for voter fraud, including ballot harvesting,” Houston-based Jared Woodfill told The Center Square. “Ballot harvesting or vote trafficking are schemes where individuals collect and return mail-in votes on behalf of multiple voters. Sometimes the voter may realize their ballot is being harvested, especially if compensation was involved. Sometimes, they may not realize it is being harvested, as they are misinformed that the harvester is just ‘providing a service or assistance.’”

There are currently 500 election fraud case
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Published On 9/8/2021
AUSTIN, TEXAS-- "For democracy to work, it must include all voices. SB 1 is an extremist anti-voter bill that raises even more barriers to voting and specifically targets vulnerable communities, especially voters with disabilities, voters of color, and elderly voters," said Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas.
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Published On 9/8/2021
Here’s what’s in Texas Republicans’ new voting law
Editor’s Note: Senate Bill 1, Texas’ restrictive new voting bill, was the law of the Lone Star State for barely an hour when civil rights groups launched a slew of lawsuits aimed at striking down the law. A federal lawsuit filed by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says the law “intentionally targets and burdens methods and means of voting used by voters of color,” while a joint lawsuit by LULAC, Voto Latino, Texas American Federation of Teachers and the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans charges that the provisions of SB 1 are “purposely intended to limit minority voters’ access to the ballot box.” Even before the law was signed, a complaint was filed in Austin Friday on behalf of five plaintiffs including REV UP Texas and the League of Women Voters of Texas, saying SB 1 creates “a litany of needless hurdles to voting.” Read on to learn exactly what the new voting law does and who it will affect.
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Published On 9/8/2021
Edinburg Will Welcome a Festive Event with Raffles, Family Fun and Food on Saturday, September 18th Hidalgo County community members can register to vote at a festive event at Edinburg, Texas H-E-B Park on Saturday evening, September 18th. "Party at H-E-B Park" will enable visitors to register an at entertaining bash for themselves and their families. The event will feature a raffle with prizes, free snacks, and inflatable arcade games for kids. English and Spanish-speaking volunteers will be on hand to make the registration process fast and easy. "For busy, working families, finding time to register while looking after kids can be a challenge." said Sophia DeLoretto-Chudy, Campaign Manager, Good Deed Corps. "We're offering an evening of fun activities so the vital act of voter registration will feel like a celebration instead of a red tape obstacle." The event is co-organized by the nonprofit Good Deed Corps, the League of Women Voters of the Rio Grande Valley,
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Published On 9/7/2021
AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Tuesday signed into law a bill that creates strict new voting rules in the state, ending a months-long effort by Democrats to stall the legislation by denying Republicans a quorum in the House.

But the law already faces at least five challenges in state and federal courts, with dozens of organizations and individuals suing Texas GOP leaders and local elections officials. Abbott said he did not think the legal challenges would derail the legislation.
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Published On 9/7/2021
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an elections overhaul into law Tuesday that adds more voting restrictions in the booming state, after Democrats spent months protesting what they say are efforts to weaken minority turnout and preserve the GOP’s eroding dominance.
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Published On 9/7/2021
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States each set their own laws about voter identification requirements and name changes for voter registration. Procedures vary; some states make automatic changes while others don’t.

The Brennan Center found in 2006 that approximately 66% of voting-eligible women have a document with a current legal name. The survey didn’t ask women whether they were prevented from voting as a result of lacking an ID with their current name.
The Williams Institute at UCLA found that about 42% of transgender adults eligible to vote in 2020 in states that don't vote entirely by mail had no ID documents that reflected their correct name or gender. But the report did not contain a count of transgender adults who were not able to cast a ballot due to voter ID requirements.
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Published On 9/6/2021
AUSTIN — Last night, the US Supreme Court declined to rule on a Texas law that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and allows private citizens to sue abortion providers and those who aid a person in obtaining an abortion. League of Women Voters of the United States Board President Dr. Deborah Ann Turner and League of Women Voters of Texas President Grace Chimene issued the following joint statement in response:

“By refusing to rule on Texas’s near-ban on abortions, the Supreme Court allows a horrific, anti-woman law to take effect in the state. Not only does this law essentially ban abortion services, but it opens up service providers to unjust lawsuits by private citizens simply for doing their job.

“The League of Women Voters of Texas advocated strongly against this law and other attempts by the Texas legislature to roll back reproductive rights.”
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Published On 9/6/2021
Before the legislation is even signed, Texas’ new voting rules are challenged in two federal lawsuits
Harris County joined a coalition of community and advocacy groups filing lawsuits over Senate Bill 1, arguing the far-reaching rewrite of Texas voting laws violates the U.S. Constitution and numerous federal laws and will suppress voters.
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Published On 9/6/2021
"Before the legislation is even signed, Texas’ new voting rules are challenged in two federal lawsuits" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

The top elections official in Harris County and a host of organizations that serve Texans of color and Texans with disabilities have fired the opening salvos in what’s expected to be an extensive legal battle over Texas’ new voting rules.
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Published On 9/5/2021
Austin-Texas – This week after lawmakers in Texas finally passed anti-voter SB 1, a coalition of civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit.

“SB1 is a discriminatory law that creates more unnecessary barriers and silences the voices of Texans with disabilities as well as Texans of color,” said Lia Sifuentes Davis, Senior Litigation Attorney with Disability Rights Texas, one of the co-counsel on the case.

While Ryan Cox, Senior Attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Process said, “SB1 officially cements Texas as the hardest state to vote in the country.”
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Published On 9/3/2021
The suit filed by MALDEF on behalf of several groups and the Harris County Elections Administrator says Senate Bill 1 threatens to criminalize voter engagement activities, limits voter assistance and allows voter intimidation by partisan poll watchers.
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Published On 9/3/2021
In one lawsuit, Dallas’ Friendship-West Baptist Church joins Hispanic, Black voting rights activists in fight to overturn bill they argue violates federal law.

AUSTIN — Two separate coalitions of voting rights advocates, civil rights organizations and faith-based groups filed lawsuits Friday challenging the divisive GOP elections bill, days after Texas lawmakers greenlit the proposal and sent it to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.
The groups argued that provisions in the bill, expected to be signed soon by Abbott, violate federal law and asked judges to block the governor and other state officials from enforcing it.
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Published On 9/3/2021
The state of Texas is facing several lawsuits over a new election law which the GOP claims is needed to fight voter fraud. The one filed by the civil rights group MALDEF, claims that it is both unconstitutional and violates federal voting rights law.

The group also says the law criminalizes the type of help that non-English speakers need to navigate a polling place. It also makes it illegal for organizers to help groups get to the ballot box. Similar lawsuits were also filed today by the Brennan Center, the League of Women Voters, Texas Impact, and the Texas Civil Rights Project.
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Published On 9/2/2021
A divided Supreme Court late Wednesday refused to block a Texas abortion statute that bans the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy, drawing sharp criticism from President Biden and a pledge from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to call a vote on legislation that would enshrine a woman's right to an abortion into federal law.

The court’s five most consistent conservatives — Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr., plus President Donald Trump’s nominees to the court, Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — said they would let the law stand while the legal battle over it continues.
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Published On 9/1/2021
SAN ANTONIO — Expect some changes the next time you cast a vote.

Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign Senate Bill 1 into law after legislators advanced the measure on Tuesday.

The controversial bill, which seeks to tighten voting rules across Texas, prompted special sessions and Democrats to flee to Washington D.C.
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Published On 8/31/2021
Texas lawmakers with contrasting bills on school mask mandates recently reached an agreement on legislation to address the issue. In a meeting of the Texas House Committee on Public Education on Monday, committee Chair Rep. Harold Dutton, Jr., said he and Rep. Jeff Leach plan to craft a bill that permits school districts to implement mask mandates, but allows parents to opt their children out.
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Published On 8/28/2021
Today, National Voter Registration Day, is a time to galvanize those who have not yet been brought into the electoral process. The right to vote is the foundation of democracy. American democracy is at risk. Engaged citizens are democracy’s best defense.

Voter registration drives are taking place in Texas against the backdrop of the extremist anti-voter bill SB 1 that was signed into law earlier this month. The law, passed under the guise of election integrity, aims to restrict political participation, disproportionately targeting marginalized voters. At the signing of the bill, Gov. Greg Abbott said this will “make it harder for cheaters to cast an illegal ballot.”
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Published On 8/26/2021
Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, 2021, commemorates the adoption of the 19th Amendment, granting voting rights for many American women. On this day the League of Women Voters of Texas celebrates advancements made towards achieving full political, economic, and social equality. It is a celebration of the trailblazers, visionaries, and suffragists who have worked towards equal rights for all.

“We take this day to reflect on how far we have come and to assess the future of voting and elections in Texas,” said Grace Chimene, President of the Texas League. “The 19th Amendment was a step forward to ensuring every voice is heard in the crafting of the laws that impacts us all. League members and supporters believe democracy works best when all eligible voters can participate.”
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Published On 8/25/2021
Much of the drama over this summer's special legislative sessions has focused on Gov. Greg Abbott's priority elections bill, which spurred a quorum-breaking walkout from Texas Democrats that ended this week.

Overshadowed by the political battle in Austin: the Texas Legislature did in fact pass several bills on voting during the regular session. And only a few of the new voting laws come without controversy.
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Published On 8/25/2021
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The Women’s Suffrage movement led to women’s voting rights in the United States in August 1920, with the ratification of the 19th Amendment, with many El Pasoans also participating in the fight.

Janine Young, one of the board directors at the El Paso Historical Society, said that many suffragettes in the Borderland deserve much more exposure than they get.


Ruth Augur, founder of the El Paso Equal Franchise League, Courtesy: El Paso Historical Society
The El Paso Equal Franchise League, or the El Paso Suffrage League, was founded in 1915 by Ruth Monro Augur, who was an artist and journalist who was 28 years old when she founded the league.
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Published On 8/25/2021
WASHINGTON—The Democratic-run U.S. House may have passed a major voting rights bill on a party-line vote, but progressive groups aren’t letting Democratic President Joe Biden off the hook.

Instead, they tramped to Lafayette Park, just in front of the White House, on August 25 to demand he force voter protection and voting rights expansion through a balky evenly split U.S. Senate.

Marshaled by People for the American Way, the NAACP, and the League of Women Voters, several hundred people gathered in the newly reopened park to declare “STEP UP JOE,” in a large sign made of big single letters.
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Published On 8/23/2021
WASHINGTON – In Panama City, Florida, the League of Women Voters set up a face-painting table for children during community gatherings at the library. While the children were occupied, former chapter president Cecile Scoon said volunteers could chat up parents about registering to vote or voting by mail.
Then on early voting days in the fall, Scoon said the group would find a shady tree near the Glenwood Community Center polling place, to answer voters’ questions over grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. On a good day, there might be shrimp. Voters who couldn't break away from work could use Bay County's 24-hour drop box for receiving absentee ballots.
Such get-out-the-vote efforts are under threat by a new state law adopted after the 2020 election. Scoon, the League of Women Voters and other groups are challenging the law in federal court, arguing the measures make it harder to vote, especially for people of color.
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Published On 8/23/2021
The process for November’s election in Potter County began Monday as the Commissioners’ Court unanimously approved various orders establishing what the election will look like.

The election, which is scheduled for Nov. 2, will include eight state constitutional amendments that include topics such as the state’s ability to limit religious services, changing the eligibility requirements for certain positions within the judicial branch, and establishing the right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation.
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Published On 8/21/2021
Texas grew more than any other state in the last decade. Tasked with adding two congressional districts, some political watchers say redistricting could be a "blood bath" between the state parties.

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MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

After more than a month out of the state, some Texas Democrats have returned to Austin. They fled to Washington, D.C., in July, you may recall, to stall a restrictive voting bill that Texas Republicans want to pass. Now that they've returned, there's another huge job ahead for lawmakers - drawing new district lines across a state that has grown more than any other over the last decade. Ashley Lopez of member station KUT in Austin reports.
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Published On 8/20/2021
Some Texas Democrats who broke quorum last month have started to return to the state, which means lawmakers are starting to get back to work. In the coming weeks, that work will have to include the giant task of drawing new voting district lines for the state. Texas has grown more than any other over the last decade and has gained two additional seats in Congress.

Redistricting is historically a messy, contentious and partisan process no matter the state. This year in Texas, though, tension is already at an all-time high before lawmakers meet to draw new maps.
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Published On 8/19/2021
The U.S. Census Bureau released data last week that provides a snapshot of demographics in Texas counties like Comal, now the second-fastest growing county in the Texas.
The county saw its population grow by 49% since 2010, from 108,472 to 161,501 in 2020. Comal is now the fifth-fastest growing county in the United States.

Texas legislators will use this 2020 census data to realign state legislative and congressional districts before the 2022 election.

The federal government will use it to allocate billions of dollars in funding to hospitals, roads, schools, and other critical infrastructure.

To ensure Comal and surrounding counties are fairly represented during redistricting, League of Women Voters of the Comal Area (LWVCA), in conjunction with Fair Maps Texas, hosts a nonpartisan Redistricting Mapping Event from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
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Published On 8/18/2021
Redistricting season officially kicked off with Thursday’s release of detailed population data from the U.S. Census Bureau that will be used to redraw local, state and national voting districts in the coming months.

It could determine control of Congress, the Texas Legislature, and city and county alignments beginning with the 2022 elections. The League of Women Voters of the Comal Area is hosting a Redistricting Mapping Event from 2-3:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Westside Community Center, 2932 South Interstate 35 Frontage Road in New Braunfels.

LWV-Texas is sponsoring the event, which will identify, define and map area and regional communities of interest, called COIs.
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Published On 8/2/2021
Commentary: In a huge victory for voting rights, Texas voters will now permanently be able to register to vote online when they update their driver’s license information, following a successful legal challenge by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the Texas Democratic Party.

The DCCC, DSCC, and Texas Democratic Party intervened in a lawsuit against the state of Texas after they refused to comply with the National Voter Registration Act, often referred to as the “motor voter” law. In August, the lawsuit forced a temporary fix that allowed Texas voters to register to vote online when they updated their driver’s license, which has since led to more than one million Texans using this method to register to vote or update their registration — after this week’s victory, those protections are now permanent.


“This legal victory deals a blow to voter suppression at a pivotal moment for democracy in America,”
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Published On 7/31/2021
After a lengthy court battle, the Texas Department of Safety has started allowing voters to update their voter information at the same time they update their driver’s license information online.

The Texas Civil Rights Project filed a federal lawsuit against the state on behalf of three voters in Texas who thought they had updated their addresses on their voter registration through the DPS website. They later found out that never happened because online voter registration is illegal in Texas.

The plaintiffs in the case were Jarrod Stringer, Nayeli Gomez and John Harms, as well as two organizations, MOVE Texas and the League of Women Voters of Texas.

The lawsuit claimed Texas was violating the National Voter Registration Act — which includes federal motor voter laws — and the U.S. Constitution. The Texas Civil Rights Project first sued the state five years ago, but the lawsuit was thrown out on a technicality. The group sued again shortly after.
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Published On 7/27/2021
My ability to vote is precious to me and my co