From Voter Suppression to Media Misinformation on Early Voting
The major Houston, Texas ABC network affiliate ABC13 reported a few minutes ago that early voting ends tomorrow, Thursday October 30th. It is not true. Early voting ends Friday October 31st at 7:00 PM.
I sent ABC13 a direct Facebook message and I called them. Up to two hours later they had not yet to corrected the 'mistake'.
This will affect many who likely made plans to vote on Friday. They will erroneously believe they can no longer voter. In Texas voter suppression occurs in the form of death by a thousand cuts, a little suppression here, a little misinformation by the media there, etc.
Texas Early Voting Information
For information on voting by mail or voting early in person, please see the “Early Voting”section. Polls are open at various times during early voting and from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Following is the information from VoteTexas.gov.
Important 2014 November Gubernatorial Election Dates
|Authority conducting elections||County Elections Officer3/Local political subdivisions|
|Deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline||Thursday, June 19, 2014 (Recommended; actual deadline extended by Emancipation Day state holiday to next business day, Friday, June 20, 2014). For local (non-county) political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates.|
|First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot 1||Saturday, July 19, 2014 (“first day” does not move)(NEW LAW: Election Code Sec. 144.005 now provides for a “first day” to file unless otherwise provided by the Election Code.)|
|Last Day to Order General Election (or Special Election on a Measure)||Monday, August 18, 2014 (78thday)|
|Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY) 1||Monday, August 18, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.|
|First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail||Friday, September 5, 2014 (does not apply to FPCA)|
|Last Day to Register to Vote||Monday, October 6, 2014|
|First Day of Early Voting||Monday, October 20, 2014 (17thday before election day falls on a Saturday, first day moves to next business day)|
|Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
(Received, not Postmarked)
|Friday, October 24, 2014 (NEW LAW: 9th day before election day; regular ABBM)FPCA deadline is Tuesday, October 28, 2014 (UNCHANGED: 7th day before election day; FPCA)|
|Last Day of Early Voting||Friday, October 31, 2014|
|Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail||Tuesday, November 4, 2014 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies)|