Local Elections Postponed to November
On March 18, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation suspending provisions of the Texas Election Code to allow political subdivisions to postpone their 2020 local elections. Several local governments postponed their May 2 elections until November 3, 2020.
Extended Early Voting
Gov. Greg Abbott extended early voting by one week to begin October 13, 2020, so Texas voters will have more time to cast their ballots in the general election. Voters should expect to comply with regulations regarding social distancing guidelines and face coverings.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a direct impact on elections through postponed dates, extended early voting, and health concerns about in-person voting leading to more interest in voting by mail. In addition, many polling places have been closed due to a shortage of poll workers or inability to accommodate social distancing—be sure to check your county’s list of polling places to see which will be open.