Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune

Alexa Ura

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Texans begin voting Monday in runoff elections. Officials are doing what they can to make it safe.

Delayed primary runoffs mark the state's first test of voting during the pandemic and a high-stakes dry run for November. “We're saying our prayers,” one elections administrator says. → Read More

What problems did you encounter while trying to vote in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic?

We want you to help us report on the challenges Texans face when trying to vote and how the pandemic is affecting elections. Share your experiences with us. → Read More

Federal court tosses suit brought by Texas Democrats seeking to revive straight-ticket voting

Siding with the state, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo found that Democrats lacked standing to overturn Texas Republicans’ decision to kill straight-ticket voting ahead of the November general election. → Read More

Federal appeals court extends block on voting-by-mail expansion in Texas

The appellate panel extended a temporary order it had issued earlier halting a federal judge's order expanding voting by mail during the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Texas Supreme Court blocks expansion of mail-in voting during coronavirus pandemic

The court ruled a lack of immunity to the virus does not qualify a voter to apply for a mail-in ballot. → Read More

Federal appeals court temporarily blocks voting by mail expansion in Texas

A panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals put on hold yesterday's ruling by a U.S. district judge that would allow all Texas voters to request mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Federal judge says all Texas voters can apply to vote by mail during pandemic

District Judge Fred Biery granted a preliminary injunction that allows all registered voters to apply to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic after finding the state's existing election rules violate the Equal Protection Clause. → Read More

Texas Supreme Court Puts Expansion Of Voting By Mail On Hold

The state Supreme Court's order comes one day after a state appeals court had allowed the expansion to stand while a legal case was appealed. → Read More

Texas doubles early voting period for July primary runoff elections

Early voting for the July 14 runoffs will begin on June 29, instead of July 6, under a proclamation issued Monday by Gov. Greg Abbott. → Read More

Meatpacking workers in Texas Panhandle have little power to avoid the coronavirus

A workforce of immigrants has long powered the massive JBS meatpacking plant in Cactus, where a cluster of coronavirus cases is under investigation. They're risking their lives each shift in the county with the state's highest known infection rate. → Read More

Drive-thrus and free pencils: Texas plans for July elections with in-person voting

Other states may be shifting to increased mail-in voting, but Texas' GOP leaders are fighting efforts to expand the practice. That leaves local elections officials to try to make polling places safe in a pandemic. → Read More

Led by science, Clay Jenkins pushed Dallas County virus response ahead of Texas

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins decided early on not to be timid in his response to the coronavirus. He moved quickly to shut down the nation's eighth most populous county, and prodded other counties and Gov. Greg Abbott to follow along. → Read More

Dallas County asks for Super Tuesday recount after discovering it missed some ballots

In a petition filed late Friday in state district court, the county is now seeking to perform a recount of backup paper ballots. → Read More

Dallas County asks for Super Tuesday recount after discovering it missed some ballots

In a petition filed late Friday in state district court, Dallas County election administrator Toni Pippins-Poole said her office has discovered that ballots from 44 tabulating machines were not accounted for in the election results reported by the county on Super Tuesday. → Read More

Texas Democrats Sue The State To Keep Straight-Ticket Voting In 2020

In a federal lawsuit filed in Laredo, Democrats claim the move to end straight-ticket voting is unconstitutional and intentionally discriminates against Hispanic and black voters. → Read More

Harris County clerk apologizes to voters, "takes full responsibility" for long waits to vote in Houston

Some voters in Houston were stuck in excessively long lines and were forced to wait more than six hours to cast their ballots. → Read More

Just a quarter of registered voters in Texas participated in the 2020 presidential primary

More than 4 million Texans voted in the 2020 presidential primary election, with turnout among Democratic voters just barely surpassing Republican turnout. → Read More

Texas Democrats sue the state to keep straight-ticket voting in 2020

In a federal lawsuit filed in Laredo, Democrats claim the move to end straight-ticket voting is unconstitutional and intentionally discriminates against Hispanic and black voters. → Read More

Harris County's cascade of election day fumbles disproportionately affected communities of color

The last voters at Texas Southern University, a historically black university, ultimately spent nearly an entire workday waiting in line to cast their ballots, nearly seven hours after polls closed. → Read More

Texas voting lines last hours after polls close on Super Tuesday

Voters in Houston, in Dallas and at Texas State University reported facing wait times that extended past two hours after polls closed. → Read More