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Quote of the Week: Bruce Elfant
The county tax assessor and voter registrar weighs in on primary voting
News Column  March 8, 2018
"...– County Tax Assessor and Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant..."

Confounded Constable
County Judge Sam Biscoe Wins a Bureaucratic & Political Battle With Constable Bruce Elfant.
News Story  February 1, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...Biscoe's proposal seemed reasonable enough, yet some believe his agenda carried a highly personal subtext, aimed directly at fellow Democrat Bruce Elfant, the most politically powerful of the five elected constables. Indeed, Biscoe appeared noticeably -- perhaps unnecessarily -- rough on Elfant in at least one of the several Commissioners Court meetings on decentralization, proposed by Biscoe during last summer's budget process..."

Dem Results: Few Surprises
Several Democratic incumbents easily secured victory Tuesday night
News Story  June 1, 2012
"...Doggett cheerfully insisted afterward that in fact a burst of get-out-the-vote volunteer support in the last week of early voting pushed him to victory, and that it was hard to anticipate the outcome in a district so new and untried. "Rick Perry tried to pick our congressman," Doggett told a packed throng of celebrants late Tuesday, "but we made it clear we'd rather pick our own." The happy crowd included Austin City Council Members Cole and Bill Spelman, state reps Eddie Rodriguez and Dawnna Dukes, just elected Travis County Tax Assessor-Col­lector Bruce Elfant, and a host of others..."

Tax Assessor-Collector: The Ghost of Nelda
Nelda Wells Spears may have retired, but she still has her hand in politics
News Story  May 11, 2012, by Amy Smith
"...To the surprise of many, Spears is serving as Wilson's campaign treasurer. Some Travis County Demo­crats believe it would have been more traditional and polite of her to first tell frontrunner Bruce Elfant that she was throwing her support behind Wilson...."

Spears' Retirement Creates Rare Vacancy
Tax assessor-collector leaving office a year early
News Story  August 5, 2011, by Michael King and Amy Smith
"...However, Spears' top lieutenant, Dusty Knight, is also retiring at the end of the year, Biscoe said, adding that an interim appointee with no interest in running for the office would create a level playing field for candidates vying for the seat. Thus far, Precinct 5 Constable Bruce Elfant is the only Democrat who's expressed an interest in running for the position...."

The Lame, the Halt, and the Parking Thieves
Crusading against handicapped-parking violators
News Story  June 9, 2006, by Michael May
"...It's high noon on Friday, and Constable Bruce Elfant is cruising steadily through downtown, on the lookout for an increasing number of rotten scoundrels who apparently have no qualms about stealing precious pavement from the city's most vulnerable citizens. As he turns along 11th Street and passes the Capitol, the normally mild-mannered, mustached Elfant gets a gritty look in his eyes and begins gesturing at parked cars..."

Block the Vote
If you can't beat 'em, disenfranchise 'em
News Story  April 21, 2016, by Amy Kamp
"...When Voter ID was first passed, Travis County Registrar Bruce Elfant asked the secretary of state to provide the number of registered Travis County voters without valid state identification. It's impossible for the secretary of state to check whether those voters have any of the accepted U.S..."

Travis Voter Registrar Tests "Text Request"
New system allows citizens to register to vote by text
News Story  August 13, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Voter Registrar and Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant's office started looking into technologically based solutions for increasing the voter rolls as a response to legislative failures to adopt online registration. The hope is that Text Request – a system developed by Democratic ex-state Senator Joe Christie and offered for free to Travis County – will appeal to millennials who are used to doing all their business digitally..."

Endorsements
The Chronicle's picks in the Nov. 2 election
News Story  October 15, 2004
"...We believe that McCain should be given the chance to use his experience to mold a new and progressive approach to constabulary management.Travis Co. Constable, Precinct 5: Bruce Elfant While Greg Papst, the GOP challenger to three-term incumbent Elfant, also has good ideas for ways to expand the constables' mission, we believe that Elfant remains the right man for the job..."

City Hall Hustle: Cop Out
Council speeds through a vexing traffic stop
News Column  February 19, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...While the buck may stop with Acevedo, that didn't prevent others from putting in their own two cents. Most prominently, there was Travis County Constable Bruce Elfant, who's provided countless officers to cover Austin events..."

Big Bust at the Tax Office
Seven arrested for license plate forgery scheme
News Story  May 24, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...Travis County is still reckoning with the Department of Public Safety's bust at the tax assessor's primary and satellite offices last Friday afternoon that resulted in the arrest of seven people on various charges related to a suspected license plate forgery scheme. Tax Assessor-Collector/Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant briefed county commissioners on Tuesday, telling them he was "sickened" that the operation had occurred under his watch..."

New Program Aims to Boost Voter Registration at Travis County Jail
Are county inmates aware that they’re eligible to vote?
News Story  February 15, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...The majority of the roughly 2,500 inmates in Travis County are eligible to vote, but many aren't aware of that right. A new initiative, introduced Monday morning by Tax Assessor-Collector/Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant and Sheriff Sally Hernandez, is planning to fix that..."

Meet Your New Tax Assessor
With oath of office, Elfant goes from constable to tax assessor
News Story  January 4, 2013
"...Bruce Elfant is sworn into office Tuesday, with his wife, Lisa Harris, at his side. In his new role as Travis County tax assessor-collector and voter registrar, Elfant vows to play a more aggressive role in voter registration efforts, including pushing for change at the state level to allow for online registration and doing his part to help eliminate historically low turnout in local elections..."

AWPC: Women's Caucus = Women's Endorsement
AWPC returns to its feminist roots, but not everyone's happy
News Story  March 26, 2010, by Amy Smith
"...The decision sparked an immediate outcry from local Demo­cratic activists and at least one elected official – Travis County Constable Bruce Elfant, who has garnered the group's endorsements over the years. Indeed, the local caucus, a nonpartisan but Democratic-leaning organization with male and female members, has a long history of supporting political candidates of either gender who are committed to feminist causes..."

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
News Story  May 19, 2006
"...• In other county news, Constable Bruce Elfant reports the abuse of handicapped parking placards is still rampant in Travis Co. Last year, Commissioners funded a deputy constable position that specifically dealt with the abuse and misuse of handicapped parking placards..."

Naked City
News Story  December 9, 2005
"...• Travis Co. Precinct 5 Constable Bruce Elfant has joined Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in bemoaning a version of the new federal appropriations bill, passed by the House just before Thanksgiving, which would reduce funding for child support enforcement activities..."

What's a Constable to Do?
Candidates clash over job descriptions in Precinct 3 and 5 contests
News Story  October 15, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...Over in Precinct 5, incumbent Constable Bruce Elfant is facing a challenger whose vision of the office is akin to McCain's. GOP candidate Greg Papst, a former AISD cop and Precinct 5 deputy who is currently a reserve deputy for Precinct 3, believes that Elfant's office needs to be more aggressive in pursuing deadbeat dads..."

The Rest of the Races
Anti-Soifer site comes down, Hidalgo Co. turnout goes up, and Williamson Co. (as usual) veers right
News Story  March 5, 2004
"...We can say, 'Look, people in your county support or are against this.'" The second referendum was promoted by Travis Co. Precinct 5 Constable Bruce Elfant, who said, "During the last legislative session, we had a constitutional amendment [proposed] to prohibit this, but it got laughed out of the Capitol, because they couldn't balance the [state] budget without doing it on the backs of local governments."..."

Postmarks
More Light Rail hubbub and a few Naderite cries in the wilderness.
Columns  October 27, 2000
"...In last week's Chronicle (Oct. 20), you endorsed Bruce Elfant for Constable, Pct..."

Election Notes
More than 713,000 registered voters need to know what's going on
News Story  October 20, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger, Nina Hernandez, Michael King, Richard Whittaker and Mary Tuma
"...Get Out the Vote! Beloved Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant has reason to smile this week: Roughly 90% of eligible voters in the county registered for Nov­em­ber's election. Elfant said on Oct..."

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