San Antoniop Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich, an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, made a pro-Biden video ad that aired on social media five days before the Nov. 3 election. The ad was published under the banner of the Lincoln Project, apolitical action committee formed by a number of former Republicans to defeat Trump in the 2020 election. "I stand for truth over lies." Greg Popovich pic.twitter.com/fZPXruWN2o — The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 29, 2020  
Posted on Oct 30, 2020
By Ross Ramsey, The Texas Tribune Oct. 12, 2020 Texas voters have serious concerns about voting and the 2020 election, UT/TT Poll finds Less than half of Texas registered voters are confident that Americans will trust the results of the presidential election, and fewer still said they themselves will trust those results, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. While 47% said Americans will trust the results, only 16% said they are “very confident” that will happen. And 44% said they’re not confident, including 15% who are “not at all confident.” The rest offered no opinion. Asked if they themselves will “trust the result of the presidential election, regardless of who wins,” 41% said yes, 14% said no, and 46% said they were either unsure or don’t know. Republican voters (39%) were less likely than Democrats (45%) to say they’ll trust the results, and women (37%) were less likely than men (45%). In all subgroups, the percentage of respondents who were…
Posted on Oct 12, 2020
By Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune Aug. 21, 2020 Texas is gearing up for a monumental election in the middle of a pandemic. And while the state is one of just six that hasn’t opened up mail-in voting to any voter concerned about getting COVID-19 at a polling place, election officials expect a record number of people to vote by mail this year. Democrats, civil rights groups and individual voters have filed multiple lawsuits seeking to expand voting by mail. But those cases have so far been rejected by the courts — or are still pending. So as of Thursday, most of the state's traditional rules remain in place. Here’s a look at how voting by mail works in Texas. How do I qualify to vote by mail in Texas? Registered voters can qualify to vote by mail if they are 65 years or older, cite a disability or an illness, or are confined in jail but still eligible to vote. Voters who will not be in the county where they're registered on Election Day and during the entire early voting period can…
Posted on Oct 11, 2020
By Jolie McCullough and Cassandra Pollock, The Texas Tribune and Perla Trevizo, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica Oct. 9, 2020 Texas counties are currently blocked from setting up multiple drop-off locations for absentee ballots heading into the Nov. 3 general election due to a temporary order from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. That order came hours after top Texas officials on Saturday again sought to limit drop-off locations some voters use during the coronavirus pandemic. The federal appeals court's order sets up a likely last-minute legal battle over absentee voting in Texas as mail-in ballots are already being collected and early voting is set to begin Tuesday. Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an emergency stay Saturday, seeking to halt a federal judge's ruling from Friday night that said Texas counties can have multiple absentee ballot drop-off locations. U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman's ruling blocked Gov. Greg Abbott's recent order that sought to limit…
Posted on Oct 10, 2020
By Emma Platoff, The Texas Tribune Oct. 2, 2020 Voting rights advocates and civic groups have rushed to the courthouse in a bid to block Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's Oct. 1 order allowing Texas counties no more than one drop-off location for voters casting absentee ballots, calling the directive an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote that will disproportionately impact voters of color in the state’s biggest cities. The Texas and National Leagues of United Latin American Citizens, the League of Women Voters of Texas and two Texas voters asked a federal judge in Austin in a lawsuit filed late Thursday to overturn the governor’s order, which forced Travis and Harris counties — two of the state’s most important Democratic strongholds — to shutter a number of drop-off sites they had already opened this week. “The impact of this eleventh-hour decisions is momentous, targets Texas’ most vulnerable voters—older voters, and voters with disabilities—and results in wild…
Posted on Oct 2, 2020
By Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune May 29, 2020 Three of Texas' top Republican leaders are vigorously fighting efforts to expand mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic, arguing it will lead to increased voter fraud, yet all three have themselves cast absentee ballots at least once in past elections. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick — then a state senator — voted by mail in 2007 for a May Houston municipal election and an ensuing runoff, though Harris County records show his first mail-in ballot was rejected because of a signature verification issue. Patrick is a regular voter in both local and state elections and favors casting his ballot during the early voting period. He's been voting in Montgomery County since 2017. Although he’s a regular in-person voter in Collin County, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton used the voting-by-mail option to cast a ballot in a 2011 municipal election, according to county records. In recent elections, he's opted for voting early. Travis County…
Posted on Jun 1, 2020
Early voting for the July 14 primary runoffs will begin June 29, and of course there is a national election coming up on November 3, 2020. Many may be worrying about going out to the polls during COVID-19. According to the office of the Texas Secretary of State, you may vote by mail if: you are 65 years or older; you are disabled; you will be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; or you are confined in jail, but otherwise eligible. There are two ways to request a ballot by mail. You can either print the application for ballot by mail at this website, or click here to request that a ballot be sent to you. However you receive the application, complete it and mail it to the Early Voting Clerk in your jurisdiction. In Bexar County the Early Voting Clerk is the Elections Administrator, and the mailing address is  Jacque Callanen Bexar County Elections Administrator 1103 S. Frio, Suite. 100 San Antonio, Texas 78207…
Posted on May 19, 2020
By Alex Samuels, The Texas Tribune March 3, 2020 Former Vice President Joe Biden has won the Texas presidential primary, continuing a stunning revival of his once-struggling campaign that has helped him solidify himself as one of the two leading contenders in the broader race for the Democratic nomination. Despite early voting returns putting U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders ahead of the former vice president, election day voters propelled Biden to victory here. Biden’s lead was growing late into the night Tuesday as election day votes continued to trickle in. Michael Bloomberg, the New York City billionaire, was a distant third, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. “Call it a W,” Biden tweeted. “Thank you, Texas.” Biden was leading or had won 10 states on Super Tuesday, while Sanders looked likely to win four, including California — the biggest prize of the night given its hefty delegate lode. But how the 228 delegates Texas awarded on primary election day will be…
Posted on Mar 4, 2020
By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune | Dec. 14, 2018 "Joaquin Castro says twin brother Julián Castro is running for president" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. In case there was any mystery left, Julián Castro is running for president. That's according to his twin brother, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, who made the announcement during a joint interview Thursday night on CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." As Colbert teased Julián Castro about the build-up to his all-but-certain 2020 presidential bid, Joaquin Castro interjected. "I'll speak on his behalf here," Joaquin Castro said. "He's gonna run for president. How about that?" The comment drew a grin and nod from Julián Castro, the former U.S. housing secretary and San Antonio mayor. The joint interview came the day after he…
Posted on Dec 17, 2018
Updated for November 3, 2020, Joint General, Special, Charter and Bond Election Generic Sample Ballot  | NOWCastSA Voters Guide Early Voting Period: Tuesday, October 13, 2020  – Friday, October 30, 2020 Election Day: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Voting Dates and Times: How Long is the Line? Your neighbors have you covered: Go to this people-powered Wait-Time page on Facebook to see recent reports. Then pay it forward by adding your own report. To find the voting location nearest you, type your address into the map's search field: View the map in full screen Rides to the polls on Election Day: Present a valid voter registration card to your VIA bus driver for free rides for regular bus service from 6 a.m.- 8 p.m.  
Posted on Oct 13, 2010