Criminal Justice

Crystal Mason’s contentious illegal voting conviction must be reconsidered, criminal appeals court says

Posted on · Mason said she didn’t know she was ineligible to vote when she cast a provisional ballot in 2016, but she was sentenced to five years. Now, the Court of Criminal Appeals says an appellate court that affirmed her conviction must look again at the evidence of Mason’s intent.

Politics

Partisan tactic by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s campaign delays thousands of requests for mail-in ballots from Texas voters

Posted on · Patrick’s mass mailing urging voters to apply for mail-in ballots included return envelopes addressed to the Texas secretary of state’s office. The applications are supposed to be sent to local offices, but Patrick’s campaign says voters don’t trust election officials in Democratic counties.

Politics

First part of Texas’ 2020 election audit reveals few issues, echoes findings from review processes already in place

Posted on · An initial review of four counties’ election results — launched after pressure from former President Donald Trump and touted by GOP leaders — showed few discrepancies between electronic and hand counts of ballots in a sample of voting precincts.

Politics

Days after disclosing election ‘audits’ in 4 Texas counties, secretary of state’s office gives some details of their scope

Posted on · The state agency last week announced a “full forensic audit” in Harris, Dallas, Tarrant and Collin counties. But based on details released Tuesday, it appears the scope of the effort may be more limited than what the term may suggest.

Politics

Texas Sen. Carol Alvarado Ends Her Filibuster Against GOP Elections Bill After 15 Hours

Posted on · The Houston Democrat was on her feet speaking, not allowed to sit or lean against her desk, and unable to take bathroom breaks or drink water, since Wednesday evening. Her effort was more of a symbolic gesture than an attempt to block passage of the bill.

Politics

Another Special Session To Pass A GOP Voting Bill Started Without A Quorum. This Time It’s Unclear If Democrats Will Stay Away

Posted on · Both chambers convened at noon Saturday for a second overtime round ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott. The first 30-day stretch ended in an impasse after House Democrats left the state to block a controversial GOP elections bill.

Politics

Texas Lawmakers To Testify As U.S. House Oversight Committee Plans Hearing On Texas Voting Bill

Posted on · Three of the Democratic legislators who went to Washington, D.C., to deny the Texas House a quorum have been invited to detail their concerns at a specially called hearing on the contentious legislation that includes new restrictions on voting.

Politics

Major Corporations Come Out Against Proposed Voting Restrictions In Texas

Posted on · Dozens of big companies, local businesses and chambers of commerce issued a statement reflecting the biggest pushback yet by the business community against Texas Republican efforts to further tighten the state's restrictive voting rules.

Politics

In Push For New Texas Voting Restrictions, House Panel Sets Up GOP Faceoff Over Which Chamber’s Legislation Will Advance

Posted on · The House elections committee gutted the Senate’s priority voting bill and replaced it with language from the House’s preferred legislation, signaling a divide over which new restrictions will make it to the governor’s desk.