Texas

The Lone Star State

9,615,419 absentee ballots were cast in Texas’s 2020 election cycle. Overall 11,315,056 ballots were cast in the 2020 election, putting overall state turnout at about 66%. The state swung for incumbent Donald Trump, who won its 38 electoral votes with 52.1% of the popular vote. Texas has consistently voted for Republican presidential candidates since 1980.

Texas has a bicameral legislature with 31 senators and 150 representatives. The legislative sessions last for 140 calendar days and starts the second Tuesday of every other January, and Republicans have held the majority in both chambers since 1992. Texas’s governor, Greg Abbot (R), is eligible for re-election in 2022.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

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Prohibits the distribution of early ballot application forms or ballots to persons who did not request them.

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Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Texas averages a 62% rating, reflecting its more right leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.