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
As the Voting Rights Act of 1965 approaches its 50th anniversary, the landmark legislation remains very much in the news. On June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. This key component of the act –– which determines which states or regions are subject to preclearance from the U.S. Department of ...
Students at Prairie View A&M University, the state’s oldest historically black public college, have fought for decades to persuade Waller County to allow a polling place on the campus. Now a coalition has succeeded in striking a compromise.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 state’s 2014 primaries will be held using the congressional and legislative maps approved this summer by lawmakers during a special session, a federal panel of judges in San Antonio ruled Friday.
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that a federal court approve Texas’ controversial voter ID law, despite a Supreme Court ruling that such a practice is outdated.Full Story
On Friday night, the Trib's Alana Rocha and other veteran Capitol reporters discussed the crazy news week that was, including a monumental Supreme Court decision and the tumultuous end of the special session.Full Story
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.
The fastest-growing population in Texas is also one of the least civically engaged populations in the state. Amid the talk about how new Hispanics in Texas will vote, it's worth asking how many of them will vote at all.Full Story
It’s easy to admit that those other states need some federal oversight, but here in Texas? Get out of town.Full Story