Tribpedia: Secretary Of State

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The Texas Secretary of State is one of six state officials that comprise the Executive Department of the state of Texas, as defined in the Texas Constitution.  The Secretary of State is appointed by the governor with confirmation by the Texas Senate to serve a four-year term. The office was originally held by Stephen F. Austin.

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2014 Primary Cost Per Vote for Texas Candidates

In competitive races, a candidate will ideally get the best bang for his or her buck. Use our interactive to see how much each candidate for a state office spent (or did not spend) for each vote he or she received in the March 4 primary. 

A nurse explains to a patient the effects of taking the abortion pill at Whole Woman's Health Surgical Center in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Proposed state legislation would create greater restrictions on abortion facilities. Only five of the existing facilities offering abortions would meet the standards.
A nurse explains to a patient the effects of taking the abortion pill at Whole Woman's Health Surgical Center in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Proposed state legislation would create greater restrictions on abortion facilities. Only five of the existing facilities offering abortions would meet the standards.

Bill Could Reduce Number of Texas Abortion Facilities

A bill advancing through the state Legislature could drastically decrease the number of legal abortion facilities in the state.

The second annual Texas Tribune Festival kicked off with with a conversation between Texas governor Rick Perry and Tribune founder and CEO Evan Smith in the Grand Ballroom of the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas on September 21, 2012.
The second annual Texas Tribune Festival kicked off with with a conversation between Texas governor Rick Perry and Tribune founder and CEO Evan Smith in the Grand Ballroom of the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas on September 21, 2012.

Perry Shuffles the Deck

Texas Weekly

As he enters the last regular session of this term as governor, Rick Perry opts for a trusted supporter in a top political job and a respected agency manager to run his own office.

Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade watches the delivery of the Capitol Christmas trees at the south steps on November 28, 2011.
Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade watches the delivery of the Capitol Christmas trees at the south steps on November 28, 2011.

Secretary of State Hope Andrade Resigns

Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade is resigning effective Friday, her office has confirmed. Andrade has held the post since 2008, when her appointment by Gov. Rick Perry made her Texas' first Latina secretary of state.

Travis County's Democratic Coordinated Campaign Headquarters, days before the 2010 general election.
Travis County's Democratic Coordinated Campaign Headquarters, days before the 2010 general election.

Turnout in First Days of Early Voting Doubled Since '06

In the state's 15 largest counties, early voting has spiked. The percentage of registered voters who have already cast their ballots is nearly twice what it was at the same point back in 2006: 5.2 percent of registered voters this time, compared to 2.7 percent four years ago.

E-Voting Suit Reveals Frailties of the Ballot Box

It's the stuff of an Orwellian dystopia: a voting machine hacked, an election stolen, the public none the wiser. Yet some civil rights groups believe it's a legitimate threat in Texas, one of only 12 states that still use paperless electronic voting machines. Ensuring the purity of the ballot box has been a point of concern for lawmakers since "hanging chad" entered the lexicon. Congress passed the Help America Vote Act to improve the administration of federal elections, but an irony of post-2000 reforms is that the electronic machines brought in to replace outdated lever-and-punch-card-based systems have their own flaws.