Tribpedia: Secretary Of State

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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After early voting glitches, officials hope new voter ID rules clear

During the first week of early voting for the 2016 presidential elections, civil rights lawyers took issue with this sign outside of a polling place in Cuero. It did not mention options for casting a ballot without photo ID.
During the first week of early voting for the 2016 presidential elections, civil rights lawyers took issue with this sign outside of a polling place in Cuero. It did not mention options for casting a ballot without photo ID.

As a busy Election Day looms, election officials and civil rights advocates hope Texas has ironed out most wrinkles in complying with a federal court order to fix its voter ID law. 

Voters line up outside Harrington Library in Plano, Texas, on the first day of early voting on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016.
Voters line up outside Harrington Library in Plano, Texas, on the first day of early voting on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016.

Texas civil rights advocates air concerns about voter ID issues

There are scattered reports of outdated signs and poll workers providing inaccurate information as Texas holds its first general election since federal courts found the state's voter ID law violated the Voting Rights Act. 

 

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 2016.
Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 2016.

Texas Leaders Mum on Trump's Plan to Enlist Election Observers

Despite their concerns about voting integrity, Texas officials are so far silent about a possible fleet of partisan election observers Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is urging to the polls.

Video: Sharp on Hazlewood

At our 5/7 conversation, John Sharp, the chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, discussed the gap between the cost of educating veterans and their kin under the Hazlewood law and what the Legislature has appropriated.