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Texas governor allows local governments to postpone May elections

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Posted at 11:10 AM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 12:10:33-04

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation suspending provisions of the Texas Election Code to allow political subdivisions to postpone their 2020 local elections.

This means local governments now have the ability to postpone their May 2, 2020 elections until November 3, 2020.

"I strongly encourage local election officials to take advantage of these waivers and postpone their elections until November," said Governor Abbott. "Right now, the state's focus is responding to COVID-19 — including social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. By delaying this election, our local election officials can assist in that effort."

The governor said that with today’s action, Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs is releasing an election advisory providing guidance for political subdivisions on the process of postponing their May 2nd elections. Read the Texas Secretary of State's Election Advisory