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Texas runoff election results: House, Senate, and more

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by By Carla Astudillo, The – 2024-05-28 05:00:00

SUMMARY: Turnout for this year's runoff election in Texas is expected to be low, with the March primary showing lower participation than in 2020, and Republican turnout surpassing Democratic turnout. Domestic mail-in ballots must be postmarked by election day and received by May 29, while military and overseas mail-in ballots must arrive by June 3. Close races may delay the calling of winners due to late-arriving mail-in votes. Counties will certify final election results by June 6. Election data, provided by The Associated Press, is sourced from the Texas Secretary of State, county election sites, and local reporters.

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Turnout in this year's runoff election is expected to be low. The latest data published by the Texas Secretary of State shows that turnout for the March primary was lower than it was in 2020, with Republican voter turnout far outpacing Democratic turnout.

Domestic mail-in ballots turned in and postmarked by election day will be counted if they arrive no later than 5 p.m. on May 29. Mail-in ballots from military and overseas voters must be postmarked by election day and arrive no later than June 3. In close races, mail-in votes help determine the winner, which can delay the calling of the race. The certification of final election results is set to be completed by the counties on June 6.

The Texas Tribune's election data is provided by The Associated Press, which gathers voting information from the secretary of state's office, county election sites and stringers on the ground in Texas. The AP calls winners and provides estimates on how many votes are left to be counted.

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Texas Medical Board adopts abortion guidance

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by By Eleanor Klibanoff, The – 2024-06-21 11:37:24

SUMMARY: The Texas Medical Board has issued new guidance on interpreting the state's abortion laws. The guidelines reduce paperwork but do not specify conditions under which abortions are legal. The Board, responding to concerns from doctors and others, removed a controversial provision about patient transfers. Board Chair Dr. Sherif Zaafran noted that some issues remain unaddressed and emphasized that the board lacks authority to fully resolve them. The guidance mainly details documentation requirements and asserts that doctors can act before a medical emergency becomes imminent. Despite some revisions, critics argue the guidance is still vague and may lead to legal challenges.

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SCOTUS allows gun restrictions on domestic violence suspects

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by By William Melhado, The – 2024-06-21 09:37:13

SUMMARY: In an 8-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that protective orders can bar those accused of domestic violence from owning firearms. The case involved Zackey Rahimi, a Texan who argued that restricting firearm access under a domestic violence order was unconstitutional. The ruling overturned a 5th U.S. Circuit Court decision which had favored Rahimi, emphasizing that such firearm laws are consistent with historical regulations preventing harm. Advocates stress that gun presence in domestic violence situations increases homicide risk by 500%. Domestic violence incidents and related homicides in Texas have surged, highlighting the ruling's significance.

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Fewer Texas students complete FAFSA after bungled rollout

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by By Sneha Dey, Data reporting by Elijah Nicholson-Messmer, The – 2024-06-21 05:00:00

SUMMARY: Many Texas high school graduates are entering summer without completing the FAFSA, crucial for seeking college financial aid. A revamped form introduced complications, delaying colleges' financial aid timelines. As of June 7, FAFSA completion rates among Texas graduates dropped by 8.8 percentage points, affecting nearly 30,000 students, a sharper decline than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts like Bill DeBaun and Bryan Ashton express concerns that fewer FAFSA submissions will reduce college enrollment, especially among low-income students. Despite this, Texas maintains high completion rates due to a 2021 law requiring FAFSA submission for high school graduation. The challenges may additionally cause “summer melt.”

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