Gov. Abbott allows for delays in local elections

In response to the Coronavirus outbreaks, Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday used his authority to give local jurisdictions the ability to delay their local elections–scheduled currently for May 2–to the general election date of November 3. 

Some districts already hold November school board elections, while others don’t–notably Dallas ISD, which has three seats open for a planned May 2 election. The governor’s proclamation also allows for delays of special elections forward to the November 3 date. We will keep you updated on which districts decide on a delay.

Meanwhile, state and national Democratic and Republican primary runoffs are still set for May 26, but Gov. Abbott said this week that “everything is on the table” for possible changes in dates or even how elections are conducted–such as moving to more mail-in ballots to avoid crowded polling places during the pandemic. The Dallas Morning news has a thorough look at the issues involved.

Read the governor’s proclamation

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