Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

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Ballots cast in Travis County jumps by 125,000 in 2020 election compared to 2016

Skye Seipp and Neha Madhira November 5, 2020

Around 125,000 more ballots were cast in Travis County for the 2020 general election than during the 2016 election.  In 2016, 477,588 ballots were cast, while 602,398 were cast this year. Among...

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Trump beats Biden in Texas, wins 52% of vote

Lauren Goodman November 4, 2020

President Donald Trump won Texas’ 38 electoral votes Tuesday night, according to Decision Desk.   Trump won 52.16% of the vote, beating former Vice President Joe Biden, who had 46.4%...

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Chip Roy wins seat for TX-21, maintains seat’s 40-year Republican legacy

Areeba Amer November 4, 2020

Republican incumbent Chip Roy won his bid for reelection for United States House District TX-21 against his primary opponent Democratic nominee Wendy Davis, maintaining Republican’s 40-year legacy...

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Democrat Gina Hinojosa wins Texas House District 49 with 53% of votes

Neha Madhira November 4, 2020

Texas House Member Democrat Gina Hinojosa was winning Texas’s District 49 with 53% as of 11:10 p.m. Tuesday evening, according to Decision Desk.  Hinojosa has represented District 49 for...

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Incumbent Rep. Roger Williams fends off second challenge from Julie Oliver in TX-25 House race

Andrew Zhang November 4, 2020

Republican incumbent Roger Williams won his fifth term to the U.S. House of Representatives for Texas’ 25th Congressional District on Tuesday night, fending off challenger Democrat Julie Oliver,...

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Incumbent Republican John Cornyn defeats MJ Hegar, holds on to US Senate seat

Lauren Goodman November 4, 2020

John Cornyn was reelected for his fourth term as a senior United States senator for Texas against Democratic opponent MJ Hegar on Tuesday evening. Cornyn was projected to win the race at 8:20 p.m.,...

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Democrat José Garza wins Travis County District Attorney race against Republican Martin Harry

Brooke Ontiveros November 4, 2020

Democrat José Garza won the Travis County District Attorney race with 70.98% of the vote against Republican candidate Martin Harry as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to KXAN. Garza will take office...

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Incumbent Democrat Sally Hernandez wins Travis County Sheriff with 71% of vote

Amanda Figueroa-Nieves November 4, 2020

Incumbent Democrat Sally Hernandez has been reelected the Travis County Sheriff as of 8 p.m. on election night, defeating Republican candidate Raul Vargas with 71.3% of the vote, according to KXAN news.  The...

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UT-Austin social work community pushes back on now-rescinded rule allowing LGBTQ+, disability discrimination

Andrew Zhang November 3, 2020

UT social work students and professors opposed a now-rescinded rule that would have allowed social workers in Texas to turn away clients because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or disability...

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Explaining local Travis County races in the 2020 general election

Lauren Goodman October 30, 2020

The Daily Texan put together a list to help inform the UT community on races of interest on the Travis County 2020 general election ballot.  Early voting runs through Friday, and Election Day is Nov....

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US circuit court ruling allows counties to reject ballots over mismatched signatures

Lauren Goodman October 30, 2020

Counties can reject a voter’s mail-in ballot if election officials cannot verify the voter’s signature, according to a ruling from the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 19.  The...

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UT-Austin students forgo mail-in ballots, travel home to cast 2020 election votes

Andrew Zhang October 23, 2020

During the primary elections in March, Alyssa Crosby sent her application for an absentee ballot far in advance. When she called the election clerk in her home of Tarrant County, they said they never received...