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What Happens When a Nominee Quits Before an Election?

To remove their names from the primary ballot, candidates must file a request at least 63 days in advance of the election. But if a party's nominee withdraws ahead of the general election, the party probably can't replace the candidate.

When Legislators Die or Resign, What Happens to Their Seats?

The March 1 primary ballot will feature 18 open seats in the Texas Legislature – two in the Senate and 16 in the House.
The March 1 primary ballot will feature 18 open seats in the Texas Legislature – two in the Senate and 16 in the House.

When legislators die or resign, their seat is filled through a special election. The new representative serves out the end of the old representative's term. 

Texplainer: Who Can Fire a UT System President?

University of Texas at Austin President, William Powers - Dec. 14, 2011
University of Texas at Austin President, William Powers - Dec. 14, 2011

Texas Monthly blog post last week ignited controversy over University of Texas President Bill Powers' future at the university — and raised questions about who decides whether he stays or goes. The answer? It's not one person's decision.


Texplainer: What is a Court of Inquiry?

Hey, Texplainer: Courts of inquiry have been used to exonerate wrongfully convicted Texans and to look at earlier cases. When does a judge call for a court of inquiry, and what else can judges review in these proceedings?

Texplainer: Could Universities Undergo Sunset Review?

A look at the sun setting over the University of Texas at Austin Tower in 2011.
A look at the sun setting over the University of Texas at Austin Tower in 2011.

Could the state’s public universities go through the so-called sunset review process, forcing them to periodically defend their existence to state legislators?

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