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KUT News quiere saber cuáles son los temas más importantes que afectan a la población del centro de Texas para las elecciones del 2020. 

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From health care to education, from transportation to housing, KUT News wants to know the most important issues – local or national – affecting Central Texans ahead of the 2020 elections. 

An application to vote by mail.
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A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Texas can keep its strict eligibility rules for voting by mail.

Protesters clash with police in riot gear in downtown Austin on Aug. 1.
Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Heading into the November election, Gov. Greg Abbott has made clear that he believes policing should be top of mind for all Texas candidates and voters.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz addresses supporters in Houston after winning re-election in 2018.
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President Donald Trump on Wednesday named U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as a potential nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Election officials expect a deluge of mail-in ballots this November.
Charlie Pearce for The Texas Tribune

As Texas prepares for an expected deluge of mail-in votes in November, a federal judge has found that one facet of the state’s signature verification rules for those ballots is unconstitutional and must be reworked for the upcoming election.

A mail-in ballot application.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

The Texas Supreme Court has temporarily blocked Harris County from sending mail-in ballot applications to all its voters for the November election.

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Officials with the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Texas say their volunteers are no longer allowed to leave voter registration forms at U.S. post offices.

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On the fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention, President Donald Trump gave the headlining speech from the White House South Lawn. Here's a recap of the night's events.

A woman wears a mask outside a polling place during the runoff elections on July 14.
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No one has seen an election like 2020's in a long time. 

This year's primaries were a kind of rehearsal for the general election. We can expect far more voters to cast ballots for the Nov. 3 election in Texas, and the people who run elections are making plans for how to keep voters safe during the pandemic. 

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Vice President Pence headlined the third day of the Republican National Convention. Here's a recap of the night's events.

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First lady Melania Trump had the marquee speaking slot at the end of the second night of the Republican National Convention. She addressed the country live from the White House Rose Garden. Here's a recap of the night.

The post office on Sixth Street in East Austin.
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Travis County voters nervous about delays with the post office will be able to hand-deliver mail-in ballots or drop them off at drive-thru sites this fall, County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said Tuesday.

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Young people have the potential to influence races in seven congressional districts in Texas, according to a new study from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University.

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A few hundred Republican delegates in Charlotte, N.C., renominated President Trump and Vice President Pence on Monday as the party’s presidential ticket. Here's a recap of the first day of the Republican National Convention.

Texas GOP Chair Allen West
Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

Shortly after Allen West took over as the Texas GOP chair last month, he gave the party a new slogan — "We are the storm" — and plastered it everywhere: fundraising emails, social media accounts, even on T-shirts and hats for sale.

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“This is a life-changing election that is going to determine what America is going to look like for a long time,” Joe Biden said during his speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention. Here’s a recap of the night’s events.

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“In this election, we have a chance to change the course of history. We're all in this fight: you, me and Joe — together,” Kamala Harris said during her headlining speech on the third night of the Democratic National Convention. Here’s a recap of the night’s events. 

Joe and Jill Biden
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“From the bottom of my heart, thank you all,” Joe Biden said, after officially being nominated as the Democratic candidate for president. Here’s a recap of the second night of the Democratic National Convention.

A U.S. Postal Service worker delivers mail in Austin in March.
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Texans should prepare early if they want to vote by mail in the upcoming presidential election, voting groups say.

Texas officials were recently warned by the U.S. Postal Service about potential delays delivering mail-in ballots, so getting an early start is more important than ever.

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"We have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it," the former first lady says in a prerecorded video. Here's a recap of the first night of the Democratic National Convention.

Residents wear masks to vote in the runoff elections, at Joslin Elementary School last month.
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Support for mail-in voting is soft among Texas Latinos, a key demographic in the upcoming elections, according to a new poll conducted by Latino Decisions.

The poll, released on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, was commissioned by Latino groups SOMOS and UnidosUS.

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Republicans in Travis County will try to win one of the most powerful positions in local government this fall: county judge. The party announced Monday that local attorney Michael Lovins will run under the GOP banner. 

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Local attorney and activist Andy Brown will be the Democratic nominee for Travis County judge in the November election. Brown won 55.88% of the vote Sunday night in an election by party precinct chairs. 

A U.S. Postal Service worker delivers mail in Austin in March.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Texas is among the states the U.S. Postal Service has warned about potential problems with delivering mail-in ballots this fall.

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Funcionarios del Condado de Travis han lanzado un programa destinado a facilitar la inscripción de las personas para votar durante la pandemia, de manera que no se viole la prohibición de inscripción de votantes en línea de Texas.

An electronic sign in Austin tells drivers to "Stay and be counted" in the 2020 census.
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Texas’ growing Latino population is poised to be significantly undercounted in this year’s census, following a slew of recent Trump administration moves.

A woman wears a mask outside a polling place during the runoff elections on July 14.
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Local election officials in Texas are scrambling to find enough polling sites willing to host voters in the upcoming presidential election.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has challenged Round Rock City Council’s decision to move its May 2020 elections to May 2021.

President Trump addresses the American Farm Bureau Federation's convention in Austin in January.
Julia Reihs / KUT

WASHINGTON - In a rare moment in the Trump era, several Texas Republicans pushed back against President Donald Trump on Thursday when he floated in a tweet the idea of delaying the presidential election in November. The president does not have the legal authority to move Election Day; that power resides with Congress.

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