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Cassie Davis talks to a young person about registering to vote, on the steps of the Texas Capitol in 2018.
Andrea Garcia for KUT

Voter groups are scrambling to figure out how to continue registering young people during the COVID-19 pandemic, since Texas is among a minority of states that don't allow online voter registration.

Updated at 1:11 p.m. ET

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 presidential campaign Wednesday, bowing to the commanding delegate lead former Vice President Joe Biden established.

Charlie Pearce for The Texas Tribune

With primary election runoffs scheduled for July and the November general election on the horizon, the Texas Democratic Party has expanded its ongoing fight for more widespread mail-in balloting to federal court, fearful that a Monday U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Wisconsin presidential primary signals a need to get federal litigation in the pipeline quickly.

Election signs at the corner of Manor and Airport.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The Texas Secretary of State’s office sent local election officials an advisory Thursday that was meant to give them guidance on how to handle elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Julia Reihs / KUT

The May 26 primary election runoffs will be delayed until July in response to the growing outbreak of the new coronavirus in Texas under an order signed Friday by Gov. Greg Abbott.

The deadline to register to vote in the November 2019 election is Oct. 7.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The Texas Democratic Party filed a lawsuit Friday aimed at increasing access to vote by mail as the coronavirus spreads in the state.

Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn
Allison Shelley for The Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn drew criticism Wednesday for comments he made about the new coronavirus.

On a conference call with reporters, he said that it’s “no coincidence” that illnesses such as the novel coronavirus originate in China, putting the onus on “some of the cultural practices there.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, seen at an election night party in 2018, quarantined himself after being potentially exposed to COVID-19
Julia Reihs / KUT

U.S. Ted Cruz was back in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, after spending nearly a week in self-quarantine at his Houston home. Though he did not get sick, the Texas Republican’s voluntary isolation underscored the gravity of the coronavirus outbreak that Congress and the White House are now seeking expansive measures to address.

Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET

President Trump has proposed sending money directly to Americans to help blunt the economic impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic, saying it's time to "go big" to boost the now-stalled economy.

Trump said he wants Congress to push through a major comprehensive package to help businesses and workers facing hardships — one of many abrupt shifts the administration has made this week as the scope of the pandemic has come into sharp focus.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

As the coronavirus spreads in Texas, older people and people with underlying health issues are being asked to isolate themselves, which could make voting in upcoming elections tricky.

Updated at 9:30 p.m. ET

President Trump on Friday declared that the coronavirus pandemic is a national emergency, a designation that frees up as much as $50 billion in federal assistance to state and local governments overwhelmed by the spread of the virus, and makes it easier to surge medical resources to areas that need them most.

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt announced Tuesday she is resigning to run for state Senate.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt resigned from her position Tuesday ahead of a run for the open seat in the Democrat-leaning Texas Senate District 14.

State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez takes part in a Mexican American Legislative Caucus and House Elections Committee press conference on Jan. 30.
Emree Weaver / The Texas Tribune

State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, an Austin Democrat, announced Saturday that he is running for Texas Senate District 14.

Travis County residents wait in line to vote at the Church of Christ in Hyde Park on Super Tuesday.
Julia Reihs / KUT

On the heels of Super Tuesday voting that left Texans waiting for hours to cast their ballots, Democrats are suing the state to overturn Republicans’ decision to kill straight-ticket voting.

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren ended her bid for the presidency on Thursday, acknowledging her place as the last major female candidate in the race "and all those little girls who are gonna have to wait four more years."

Robert Morrow has a history of sexist and racist rhetoric and is known for wearing a jester's hat.
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

A man who has called President Donald Trump a “child rapist” is headed to a runoff in the race for a position that would help decide what millions of Texas public school children are taught.

Hervis Rogers waited about six hours in line at Texas Southern University and finally cast his vote around 1 a.m.
Jen Rice / Houston Public Media

He gained national attention through his tenacity at a local polling place, refusing to leave even after others might have: Hervis Rogers was the last man to vote at his Texas Southern University polling place early Wednesday morning, and possibly the last person to cast a ballot in the State of Texas when he did so around 1 a.m.

A line of voters wraps through a hallway at ACC Highland mall.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Portending a long night awaiting definitive election returns in Texas, voters across the state still faced lengthy lines and wait times to cast their Super Tuesday ballots hours after polls closed.

M.J. Hegar talks to supporters at an election watch party at the Riveter in Austin on Tuesday.
Michael Minasi / KUT

Air Force veteran Mary “MJ” Hegar, who led a crowded Democratic field to challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn for his seat in November, is heading to a runoff election with Dallas state Sen. Royce West.

Julia Reihs / KUT

We followed four key Travis County races on election night: district attorney, county attorney, county sheriff and county commissioner for Precinct 3. Of the four, only one avoided a runoff on May 26: the Travis County sheriff's race.

Voters wait in line to vote on Super Tuesday at Randall's on Braker Lane.
Julia Reihs / KUT

We're following a number of federal, state and local races throughout Central Texas as results are tallied on Super Tuesday.

Ilana Panich-Linsman for KUT

A number of seats in Hays County are up for election this year, including district judges, county commissioners and county sheriff. 

Downtown Round Rock
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

A number of seats in Williamson County are up for election this year, including district judges, county commissioners and county sheriff.

The Texas State Capitol
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Several seats in the Texas Legislature are up for election this year.

Texas Senate Districts 21 and 24— which include parts of Central Texas — are up for election, though the incumbent in each district is running unopposed in the primary.

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The Texas State Capitol dome reflects on the Texas Supreme Court building.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

These are the statewide races we're watching as primary election results roll in Tuesday.

Texas Supreme Court | Railroad Commission | State Board of Education | Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Bernie Sanders supporters watch election returns at a party at Central Machine Works on Tuesday.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

After a tight race with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden is projected to win the Democratic presidential primary in Texas. The win carries 228 delegates.

MJ Hegar speaks to supporters at the Riveter during an election watch party Tuesday. Unofficial results showed her leading the Democratic primary.
Michael Minasi / KUT

The U.S. Senate race in Texas is being closely watched after Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s near victory over Ted Cruz in 2018. The close race led many to believe the state, which hasn’t had a Democratic U.S. senator since 1993, could actually elect one.

M.J. Hegar, candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks at Democratic Party Headquarters in Austin on election night.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

It's Election Day in Texas for the March primaries.

Our reporters will be sharing updates on what they see and hear throughout the day here. Check back for updates.

Texans line up to vote at the Flawn Academic Center on the UT Austin campus on Election Day in 2018.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

If you're reading these words on an electronic device while in a voting location, it’s likely a poll worker will come up to you soon and tell you to cut it out.

Cassie Davis helps register voters on the steps of the Capitol in 2018.
Andrea Garcia for KUT

Texas’ growing Latino vote remains relatively untapped ahead of the state's Democratic presidential primary.

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