In a new web video, attorney general candidate Dan Branch focuses on protecting the state's elections laws, concluding with a pledge to "stop Obama's Department of Justice from overturning our Texas voter ID law."Full Story
After six years and three legislative sessions of sharp debate divided along party lines, the Texas Legislature passed a law in 2011 that required voters to show a photo ID in order to vote. The House passed its version in March, 101-48. After differences between the Senate and House versions were ironed out, both chambers approved the final version, SB ...
Officials say Tuesday's election proceeded smoothly despite controversy surrounding the newly implemented voter ID law, but some worry that could change in coming elections with increased voter turnout.Full Story
Some recent media reports have raised concerns that the state's new voter ID law could disenfranchise people who have legally changed their names. But election officials say protocols are in place for cases in which the name on a person's ID is not identical to his or her legal name.Full Story
Much of the attention in this year's November elections has focused on Proposition 6, a water infrastructure initiative. But some are watching the mechanics of the election to find out how a newly implemented voter ID law affects voters.Full Story
The Texas Department of Public Safety announced on Tuesday that 25 mobile locations will begin processing free election identification certificates on Oct. 1.Full Story
On the eve of the first statewide election in which Texans will have to show photo IDs to vote, groups representing minority voters and officeholders sued to block the state’s new voter ID law.Full Story
Texas driver’s license offices are expanding hours of operation, offering voters a weekend chance to apply for free photo ID certificates required if they don't have other acceptable forms of identitification.Full Story
Texas Republicans and Democrats are still at odds over voter ID and redistricting, but the venue has changed and now it's the Republicans on defense.Full Story
The effects of requiring voter ID probably won't be evident until March or later, opponents say. Local elections in Galveston and the Rio Grande Valley might offer clues, but the true test, they say, will be in a major statewide election.Full Story
For this week's nonscientific survey of political and governmental insiders, we asked about the lieutenant governor's call to Allen police, state and federal efforts to stop a merger, federal efforts to stop a state law and a Texas politician's dual citizenship.Full Story
The first day of early voting this week in an Edinburg City Council election has only yielded about 400 votes but so far, voter ID hasn't appeared to cause any issues.Full Story
Texans aren’t exactly lining up to get the free voter ID certificates the Texas Department of Public Safety is required to distribute under the terms of the state’s controversial voter ID law. Both sides say that's proof they were right.Full Story
Suppose practically everyone eligible to vote in an election in Texas actually did so. Would we get the same results we get now?Full Story
The state says anyone who disagrees with election law changes ought to prove there is a problem in court. The federal government and others want the state to prove there are no problems before those laws ever take effect.Full Story
The U.S. Justice Department will seek to once more require that a federal court approve Texas’ controversial voter ID law, despite a Supreme Court ruling that such a practice is outdated.Full Story
In the wake of its decision to strike a section of the Voting Rights Act earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday sent two Texas cases on voter ID and redistricting back to the lower courts.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday that paves the way for implementation of Texas’ voter ID law, the state Department of Public Safety announced it will begin processing applications for free voter ID cards.
Texans is waiting to find out whether its voter ID law and its redistricting maps will be affected by a Supreme Court ruling on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. But another ruling in an Arizona case could come into play.Full Story
The final version of a controversial bill filed to prevent so-called ballot harvesting was approved by the House on Friday, but not before a key provision was diluted in the Senate.
The Texas House on Thursday tentatively approved a measure that would make it a Class A misdemeanor for someone to collect and deposit 10 or more mail-in ballots from other voters during an election.Full Story
A bill that would slash the number of days allowed for early voting is likely to be pulled after scathing testimony Monday from opponents who said the bill was discriminatory and retrogressive.
Proponents of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act hope than an amicus brief filed by interests groups will sway the nine justices charged with rendering a decision on the landmark civil rights legislation.Full Story