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Big Money Hits AISD Elections
Huge cash from IT millionaires, teacher PAC in trustee reports
DAILY News  October 16, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...With all the recent debate about contributions in city of Austin elections, everyone forgot there are no limits in Austin ISD campaigns. The latest finance reports show that big money rolling into the Nov..."

Welcome to the 2015 Elections
That is, if you live in San Antonio, Bastrop, or Brenham
DAILY News  January 5, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...With the 84th Legislature just around the corner, there are still four – potentially five – seats up in the air. A trio of special elections in Central Texas will decide most tomorrow...."

May Elections: Twice the Fun
Double election strains Travis County resources
News Story  May 8, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...If you're working in the Travis County elections division, or if you live inside county lines but outside of Austin, then good luck: This month you've got two elections to handle...."

Nov. 6 Elections: The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
News Story  October 19, 2012
"...That only covers the partisan races, however, so please note endorsements below for local propositions and in non-partisan races concerning Austin Commun­ity College, the Austin Independent School District, and the Barton Springs Edwards Aqui­fer Conser­vation District. Find all our election coverage online at austinchronicle.com/elections. Straight Ticket: Democratic (with exceptions as noted below)..."

What Elections?
TV News: Killing Bambi Gets the Spotlight
News Column  May 9, 1997, by Lee Nichols
"...To see the blur of activity on the TV airwaves Saturday night, one would think that local elections were taken seriously by the news departments of these stations. The elections dominated each broadcast, even squeezing into the venerable time of weather and sports..."

So Many Elections, So Little Time
Senate bill could have unintended consequences for local elections
News Story  June 10, 2011, by Wells Dunbar
"...And now for some completely different election news: A seemingly innocuous Texas Senate bill, passed and awaiting the governor's signature, may drastically affect Austin's local elections, even extending the terms of the mayor and three City Council members by six months...."

May 24 Primary Run-Off Elections
Early Voting May 16-20
News Story  May 12, 2016
"...Travis Co.: www.traviscountyelections.org or 512/238-VOTE(8683)...."

Spring Council Elections
Highs and lows by decade
News Story  April 29, 2011, by Nora Ankrum
"...The city of Austin website features a handy election history database reaching back all the way to 1840, with fairly consistent data on council elections beginning with the 1920s (check it out at www.cityofaustin.org/election). A quick glimpse shows that registered Austin voters have always been a fickle bunch, showing up in droves one election year and then barely making a peep the next..."

Nov. 2 Joint General and Special Elections
Early voting continues through Friday, Oct. 29
News Story  October 15, 2010
"...On Election Day, voters must vote in their precincts. Get a list of precinct locations at 238-VOTE or www.traviscountyelections.org...."

March 2 Joint Primary Elections
Voting information and locations
News Story  February 12, 2010
"...On election day, voters must vote in their precincts. Get a list of precinct locations by calling 238-VOTE or visiting www.traviscountyelections.org...."

Nov. 3 General and Special Elections
Early Voting: Oct. 19-30
News Story  October 16, 2009
"...On election day, voters must vote in their precincts. Get a list of precinct locations by calling 238-VOTE or visiting www.traviscountyelections.org...."

Point Austin: Elections and Consequences
You never know what you're gonna get
News Column  November 9, 2012, by Michael King
"...It's often said that "elections have consequences," although usually in the context of explaining their failures to the losing side. This time around, we can at least begin by looking at the results from the right end of the telescope – and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate...."

No November Elections
Postmarks  October 19, 2011
"...Dear Editor, In the debate on changing the date of City Council elections from May to November, a major problem was largely ignored. The thing that really scares me about November elections is that they will require a December run-off election. These will sometimes be held during the Christmas season..."

Supports Fair Elections Now Act
Postmarks  September 16, 2010
"...Dear Editor, Next week the Committee on House Administration will consider the Fair Elections Now Act, a sweeping and historic bill that gives a voice to everyday Americans on the right, left, and center by allowing us to take our elections out of the control of big donors and place them back in our hands. The legislation will return us to elections of, by, and for the people, and since it’s paid for with the sale of the unused broadcast spectrum, it doesn’t cost taxpayers a dime – it’s the special interests who take the hit..."

Travis County: Yes, we have elections ...
What you'll find on those ballots just outside of town
News Story  May 9, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...Beyond the excitement and rancor of Aus­tin's City Council races and the to-and-fro over school bonds, across Travis County there's also a whole slate of council, municipal utility district, and school district board elections, plus a few hundred million dollars in bond propositions, being settled on May 10. Mayoral Elections..."

First Lady Inspires Veteran to Force Library Elections in Westbank
West Austin library district's elected board of trustees has sat uncontested since 2001
News Story  March 21, 2008, by Andrea Grimes
"...West Austin's Westbank Community Library District will hold its first-ever contested elections this May, thanks to a retired veteran who challenged the district's decision to name a new branch after first lady Laura Bush late last year. The district's elected board of trustees has sat uncontested since 2001, but veteran Alan Roddy has filed to run as a self-proclaimed "outsider candidate," forcing elections in hopes of getting a new voice heard..."

AISD Board Elections Already Heating Up
Two challengers line up for Annette LoVoi's spot on the district's board of trustees
News Story  June 8, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Austin Independent School District board elections may not be until November, but candidates are already lining up for what may well become a public referendum on AISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen...."

Local Elections Today
Time for the other 95% of you to vote
DAILY News  May 12, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...But the ATX is not the only place in Travis County heading to the ballot box today: Remind all your friends in the cities of Lakeway, Manor, Mustang Ridge, Rollingwood, Sunset Valley, and Westlake Hills, plus the villages of Briarcliff and Webberville, that they have general and special elections today...."

May 29 Primary Elections: The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
News Story  May 11, 2012
"...We note hesitations about some candidates where applicable, and we had a difficult time making decisions in more than one race – some due to more than one good candidate, some due to too many bad ones, and some due to the proximity of the May 12 municipals – but what follows are endorsements in every contested race on the Democratic ballot. (We'll report on the Republican primary next week.) Read up on our complete election coverage at austinchronicle.com/elections. President: Barack Obama..."

Council Keeps Spring Elections
Get ready, 'cuz the fun hasn't even started
DAILY News  October 7, 2011, by Wells Dunbar
"... City Hall did the time warp with its initial speakers: Carole Keeton Strayhorn and Glen Maxey, both in support of November. Strayhorn, speaking for her newest concern, Austinites for Action, argued there were more registered voters clogging I-35 on their way to the Cotton Bowl to ensure the ‘Horns “beat the hell out of OU” than vote in May elections..."

Clean Up Elections
Postmarks  July 6, 2010
"...It’s time our elected officials started listening to the voices of everyday Americans, not their corporate sponsors. We need to clean up our elections, and do it now. The Fair Elections Now Act has 156 congressional co-sponsors but only six from Texas..."

Forthcoming 2010 Pedernales Electric Co-op Elections
Postmarks  April 27, 2010
"...Dear Editor, Re: Forthcoming 2010 Pedernales Electric Cooperative elections – annual meeting: Many homeowners and communities within the Austin area served by the Pedernales Electric Cooperative do not seem to be aware that their electric bills are substantially higher than those of Austin Energy. The PEC is the largest electric co-op in the nation with more than 220,000 members and a geographic service area the size of Massachusetts..."

ACC Board Elections: Meet the Candidates
The candidates on taxing districts, remedial boot camps, and student culture
News Story  April 16, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Elections for three seats on the Austin Community College board of trustees are coming up on May 8 (early voting is April 26-May 4). Two seats are contested: Four candidates are vying for Place 5 (to fill the vacancy created when Raul Alvarez left to run for Travis County Commissioner) and three for Place 6 (vacant since September, when Veronica Rivera quit to become an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)..."

Elections Not Secure and Lack Integrity
Postmarks  November 3, 2008
"...Dear Editor, Observant and intelligent poll watchers, I and many others have talked about it since the 2000 presidential selection, and now you can watch a film made by those who tracked down the facts to substantiate the allegations: If you have not read Vincent Bugliosi's article in The Nation titled "None Dare Call It Treason," which was later expanded into a book titled The Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President, or What Went Wrong in Ohio: The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election, now you can see the film Stealing America: Vote by Vote. You can download it for free at www.stealingamericathemovie.org. Our elections are not secure and lack integrity – the result being illegal international wars and occupations, deaths of millions that could be alive today, financial ruin for many while a few profit in grotesque quantities by questionable means, destruction of the environment, and deep levels of administrative and corporate corruption just for starters..."

Texas Will Use Racial Maps in 2018 Elections
SCOTUS ruling puts stay on gerrymandered cases
News Story  September 14, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Texas' gerrymandered House and Congressional districts will remain in place during the 2018 elections, after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a Tuesday stay on two lower court rulings that found the maps illegal and unconstitutional..."

Austin City Elections
Time to get creative with your vote
Arts Story  May 11, 2012, by Robert Faires


Elections in May not a Problem
Postmarks  September 30, 2011
"...[Re: "Point Austin: Voter Suppression Made Easy," News, Sept. 30] Please. City elections in May are well publicized, everyone with an interest in the governing of the city has an easy opportunity to vote..."

Get Ready for More Elections
The primary run-offs are only a month away, followed quickly by elections for ACC and AISD trustees
News Story  March 12, 2010, by Richard Whittaker


More Texas Reps Need to Support Fair Elections Now Act
Postmarks  November 3, 2009
"...Dear Editor, Do you want your candidates to be free from the need and fear of special interests and to spend their time focusing on the public's business, not fundraising? The Fair Elections Now Act (House Resolution 1826) would create publicly funded campaigns to help neutralize the influence of special interests in manipulating public policy. So far there are 110 co-sponsors, including Rep..."

Elections Two-for-One in Odessa
Perry calls special election for same day as regular election in House District 81
DAILY News  July 8, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...4 anyway, with Lewis in the Republican slot opposed by Libertarian Elmo Hockman. Since this is two different elections, this could end up with the baffling possibility that the winner of the special election is not the winner of the general election..."

Time for Public Financing of Elections
Postmarks  April 13, 2008
"...Earle could be an inspiring leader for a nonpartisan movement with the credibility to attract the donors, activists, and voters to make this happen. Perhaps we can start with public financing of judicial elections by coordinating with existing reform groups like the League of Women Voters, Public Citizen, Common Cause, Texans for Public Justice, etc..."

May 24 Primary Run-Off Elections
Early Voting May 16-20
News Story  May 19, 2016


The Art of Elections
Guzu Gallery show puts the pop in POPular Vote
DAILY Arts  May 13, 2016, by Richard Whittaker


State and Local Elections
No new taxes!
News Story  November 5, 2015, by Richard Whittaker and Michael King


Point Austin: Thoughts Between Elections
Taking a closer look at the polls and what they mean
News Column  November 13, 2014, by Michael King


All the Elections That Fit
And all's well that (sort of) ends ...
News Story  November 6, 2014, by Michael King


Nov. 6 Elections: The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
News Story  November 2, 2012


Nov. 6 Elections: The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
News Story  October 26, 2012


May 29 Primary Elections: The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
News Story  May 25, 2012


May 29 Primary Elections: The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
News Story  May 18, 2012


Nov. 2 Joint General and Special Elections
Early voting continues through Friday, Oct. 29
News Story  October 29, 2010


Nov. 2 Joint General and Special elections
(Early voting through Friday, Oct. 29)
News Story  October 22, 2010


March 2 Joint Primary Elections
(Early Voting Feb. 16-26)
News Story  February 19, 2010


Elections Are 'Go' in Wilco
Republicans enter House and Senate races in Williamson County
DAILY News  September 14, 2009, by Richard Whittaker


Nov. 4 Joint General and Special Elections
Travis Co. Sample Ballot
News Story  October 17, 2008


In Other Elections ...
News Story  May 16, 2008, by Richard Whittaker


Stealing Elections Like Grandpa Used To
Raymond Villarreal. Bringing the personal touch back to electoral corruption.
DAILY News  October 9, 2007, by Richard Whittaker


Elections Should Catch Up With Technology
Postmarks  July 19, 2004


Greg Abbott Versus the Black Helicopters
After decade of cooperation, AG threatens election experts
DAILY News  October 25, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Watch out for black helicopters at your polling places! This week Attorney General Greg Abbott played a card straight out of the conspiracy theory deck by raising a ruckus about overseas elections observers being in Texas...."

How Safe Is Your E-Vote?
Proponents of electronic voting promise no repeat of Florida in 2000, but critics say it could be even worse
News Story  February 20, 2004, by Lee Nichols
"...It's either the best thing ever to happen to elections, or the stupidest blunder our elected officials have ever made; the savior of our democracy, or a conspiracy to steal it; an idea whose time has come, or a hapless symbol of society's naive faith in technology...."

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