An Attempt to Increase Turnout Could Cut It Instead

In an effort to make it easier for military and overseas voters to take part in elections, lawmakers may have killed turnout in primary election runoffs in Texas and increased the electoral power of organized groups like the Tea Party.

Next year’s primary elections will be held nine weeks after the first of the year, which is to say that campaigning will start in earnest immediately after the holidays and Texas voters will head to the ballot box two months later.

Nothing new there — it has been that way for years. The change comes in the runoffs. Federal lawmakers ...

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