This Week in Austin: September 30th, 2020

Posted September 30, 2020 in The Mignon Memo

Straight-ticket voting – What you need to know

Straight-ticket voting was set to end this year in Texas, but on Friday, a federal judge ordered the state to reinstate the practice. A federal appeals court on Monday put a temporary hold on a lower court’s ruling last week, again casting into uncertainty whether Texas voters will have the option in the Nov. 3rd election.

Senate District 30 Special Election results

Republicans Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed earlier this year after refusing to close her business due to coronavirus restrictions, and Drew Springer, the state representative from Muenster, are advancing to a runoff in the special election to replace state Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper, according to unofficial election returns. Each was getting about 32% of the vote late Tuesday in the six-way special election, with all polling locations reporting. The runoff has yet to be scheduled.

Calling all election guide junkies!

Alright, y’all. It’s time to start the countdown (if you haven’t already). We have five weeks until Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, and two weeks until Oct. 13th, the start of Texas’ early voting period. If you are anything like us, a crisp new election guide puts a big smile on our faces! We will be adding this Houston Chronicle Voter Guide to our favorites tab. Check it out!

Because sometimes we just need a good laugh…

We hope everyone is taking care of themselves. Relax your shoulders. Unclench your jaw. There, that’s better. Dentists are seeing more cracked teeth, and they say it’s due to pandemic stress. Let’s keep those pearly whites healthy, shall we?