A voter casts their ballot at a polling site at the Austin Oaks Church on Oct. 14, 2020.

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.

Voters cast their ballots at the Performing Arts Center at Texas State University in San Marcos.

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.

Signs direct people to a drive-thru voting location at the Toyota Center in downtown Houston on Nov. 3, 2020. A federal judge on Monday rejected an attempt by Texas Republicans to toss 127,000 drive-thru votes in Harris County, but despite this, County Clerk Chris Hollins closed nine out of 10 drive-thru locations in order to prevent future litigation.

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GOP Voting Bills Aimed At Harris County Reforms Are Suppression, Civil Rights Groups Say

Posted on · The ACLU, the Anti-Defamation League and others slammed the bills, which they say are unjust and make it harder to vote. Harris County leaders, meanwhile, say their reforms are the target.

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Houston Matters

Discrepancies In The Number Of Texas Voter Fraud Prosecutions (March 26, 2021)

Posted on · On Friday's show: Discrepancies in the number of voter fraud cases the Texas AG's office is prosecuting, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week's news, and a conversation with composer David Lang.

Demonstrators stand across the street from the federal courthouse in Houston, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, before a hearing in federal court involving drive-thru ballots cast in Harris County. The lawsuit was brought by conservative Texas activists, who have railed against expanded voting access in Harris County, in an effort to invalidate nearly 127,000 votes in Houston because the ballots were cast at drive-thru polling centers established during the pandemic.

Election 2020

Federal Judge In Houston Denies Republican-Led Case To Throw Out 127,000 Drive-Thru Ballots

Posted on · The decision by U.S. Southern District Judge Andrew Hanen, an appointee of George W. Bush, is the latest in a series of court decisions over Texas Republicans' request to throw out votes cast through drive-thru voting.

The Texas Legislature eliminated straight-ticket voting in 2017.

Election 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott Orders Counties To Reduce Ballot Drop-Off Locations, Bolstering GOP Efforts To Limit Absentee Voting Options

Posted on · Harris County, the state’s most populous and a major Democratic stronghold, had designated a dozen locations where voters could deliver their own ballots — and already began collecting them this week.

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