Latinos voters are the future, according to San Antonio activist
SAN ANTONIO – The Latino vote proved to be powerful during this year’s presidential election, and a San Antonio activist believes more people should be paying attention to Latinos moving forward. “If there’s ever a moment for the Latino community to lead itself, we have to start today because we are the future of the country,” said Henry Munoz during a KSAT Q&A on Friday. Munoz is the founder of Momento Latino, a coalition of activists, nonprofits and leaders in communities around the nation who are pushing for change and working to elevate issues important to the Latino community. Munoz said that the country needs “a good dose of cultural understanding” to know that Latinos are not monolithic. RELATED: Projections indicate record Latino voter turnout nationally
In Texas, Biden’s urban wins couldn’t offset Trump’s millions of votes in rural, red counties
President Donald Trump won Texas by a little more than 800,000 votes in 2016. President Donald Trump won Texas by a little more than 800,000 votes in 2016. Six fast-changing suburban counties: Six suburban Texas counties were generating a lot of attention prior to the election due to the fact that they were growing faster and shifting politically more than anywhere else in the state. Compared with 2016, Biden improved Democrats’ margins in these categories by 469,753 votes. In the end, Trump won Texas in 2020 by around 650,000 votes.
Riot declared in Portland as protesters smash windows
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A riot was declared in Portland, Oregon, and protesters took to the streets in Seattle on Wednesday as people demanded that every vote in Tuesday’s election be counted. Hundreds were protesting in both cities against President Donald Trump’s court challenges to stop the vote count in battleground states. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office at about 7 p.m. declared a riot after protesters were seen smashing windows at businesses. Kate Brown activated the use of the state National Guard to help local law enforcement manage the unrest, according to the sheriff’s office. Law enforcement made no arrests and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office thanked demonstrators for remaining peaceful.
Northern battlegrounds could hold key to Trump-Biden outcome
Vote tabulations routinely continue beyond Election Day, and states largely set the rules for when the count has to end. Several states allow mailed-in votes to be accepted after Election Day, as long as they were postmarked by Tuesday. Democrats typically outperform Republicans in mail voting, while the GOP looks to make up ground in Election Day turnout. That means the early margins between the candidates could be influenced by which type of votes — early or Election Day — were being reported by the states. The momentum from early voting carried into Election Day, as an energized electorate produced long lines at polling sites throughout the country.
Trump touts wins in key states, says he will fight election in Supreme Court
President Donald Trump is vowing to ask the Supreme Court to weigh in on the inconclusive election. The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the presidential race. The night ended with hundreds of thousands of votes still to be counted, and the outcome still unclear in key states he needs if he is to win against Democrat Joe Biden. Nevertheless, he has cast the night as a disenfranchisement of his voters. He said: “We will win this and as far as I’m concerned we already have won it.”Trump says: “We’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court — we want all voting to stop.” In fact, there is no more voting — just counting.
Republican Jim Wright ahead of Chrysta Castañeda in Texas Railroad Commission race
Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Republican Jim Wright had a solid lead over Democrat Chrysta Castañeda early Wednesday morning in the race for Texas Railroad Commissioner, according to unofficial results from Decision Desk HQ. Wright was ahead of Castañeda 53.4% to 43.2%, with an estimated 87.3% of votes counted. The Railroad Commission of Texas regulates the state's massive oil and gas industry, and its elected, three-member board has been entirely Republican for at least 25 years. Wright, who owns an oilfield waste services company, shockingly defeated the incumbent railroad commissioner, Ryan Sitton, in the March primary.
Downtown San Antonio businesses prepare for potential civil unrest after election
Downtown San Antonio businesses prepare for potential civil unrest after electionPublished: November 3, 2020, 11:31 amThroughout downtown, businesses are boarding up their windows and doors, bracing for potential unrest starting on Election Day ahead of what many are calling the most contentious election of our lives.
What you should watch — and what you should ignore — while the votes are being counted in Texas
This year, our results page will be powered by Decision Desk HQ, a firm that collects, organizes and reports election night results. It's been a common refrain across the country that people should prepare themselves in 2020 for election week, not election night. Second, we know that a small number of votes won't be counted on election night, so some races will simply be too close to call. What to keep in mind as the results come inThe vast majority of the votes in Texas will be cast before Election Day. Conversely, only 15% of Democrats said they'd vote on Election Day, compared with 33% of Republicans.
Worried your mail-in ballot still hasn't arrived? Here's how to be sure your vote counts
Like clockwork, the 65-year-old requests his mail-in, or absentee ballot, every February, and his November ballot arrives in September. “But that’s how it works.”What do you do if you haven’t received your mail-in ballot? But she had neither asked for nor received a mail-in ballot, she told the worker. As Republican state leaders waged a war on the expansion of mail-in voting, Lynn worried that her ballot could be invalidated. She surrendered her mail-in ballot at an in-person polling site and voted on a machine instead.
A week before the election, Texas National Guard prepares to deploy troops to cities
The Texas Army National Guard said Monday that up to 1,000 troops could be dispatched to cities across Texas ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Brandon Jones, a spokesperson for the Guard, said the deployment is not related to the election and troops would not be stationed at polling places. The newspaper reported that Guard members could arrive as soon as this weekend. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has not been contacted by either Abbott or the Guard about the deployment, spokesperson Mary Benton told The Texas Tribune on Tuesday. Separately, the FBI’s field office in Dallas warned that far-right extremists could pose a violent threat in North Texas around the election.
Deaf voters in Bexar County only given access to interpreter assistance at two voting sites
SAN ANTONIO – Deaf voters in Bexar County can only get interpreter assistance at two polling locations, despite disability advocates saying voters should have the ability to get help at the location of their choice. Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacquelyn Callanen said ASL interpreter assistance is available at the Bexar County Elections Department on Frio Street through a video remote interpreter (VRI) service, and a live interpreter is available at the San Antonio College Victory Center. Disability advocates, though, say deaf voters who need assistance should not be limited to fewer sites than other voters. Davis said she didn’t know enough about any requests for assistance and associated denials in Bexar County to be able to say if county election officials were breaking the law. Those seeking assistance, she said, have been told they need to go to the Bexar County Elections Department.
Deaf advocacy group says deaf voters not given enough access to vote
SAN ANTONIO – A non-profit group that advocates for deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind people says that deaf voters in Bexar County aren’t getting adequate access to voting. Kay Chiodo, executive director of No Barriers Communications, says her organization has been getting numerous messages from deaf voters who are concerned about being able to access nearby voting centers. Those who need interpreter assistance, she said, are being told it is only available at one location - the Bexar County Elections Department on Frio Street. And so, it’s not an effective way for them to vote and not an equal access the way that any other person could vote,” Tu said. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, deaf voters who don’t have a sign language interpreter who can accompany them, should contact their election officials before the election and request assistance.
Joe Biden to air first general-election TV ads in Texas as polls show increasingly close race against President Donald Trump
Former Vice President Joe Biden plans to air his first general-election TV ads in Texas as polls show him closing in on President Donald Trump here. Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneJoe Biden is launching his first general-election TV ads in Texas as a growing number of polls show a close presidential race here. "I'm thinking all of you today across Texas," Biden says in the ad, which opens with a shot of Marfa. There have been a series of polls in recent weeks finding a tight contest between Biden and President Donald Trump in historically red Texas. In the ad, Biden encourages Texans to wear masks, wash their hands, stay home if they can and socially distance when they go out.
Runoff election underway across state of Texas
SAN ANTONIO The runoff election is underway across the state of Texas. Polls opened at 7 a.m. and if you havent voted yet you can still head to the 214 voting locations until 7 p.m. Your guide to voting in the July 14 primary runoff electionKSAT12 spoke with a voter earlier this morning and it took her about four minutes to vote. Whos on the ballot for the July 14 runoff election in Bexar CountyAnd even though we are dealing with the summer San Antonio heat and the pandemic, the numbers for this primary runoff election are still well above average. We are seeing an increase in the number of people that are voting in a primary runoff historically primary runoff so very slow we usually have a two to a 6% turn out total and right now were sitting at 7%, Callanen said.