BREAKING: Texas gives go-ahead for postponing local elections

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Citing concerns with the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott has modified Texas election law to allow local governments to postpone their 2020 elections.

Texas cities and school districts will now have the ability to postpone their May 2, 2020 elections until November 3, 2020.

“I strongly encourage local election officials to take advantage of these waivers and postpone their elections until November,” Abbott said in a news release. “Right now, the state’s focus is responding to COVID-19 — including social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. By delaying this election, our local election officials can assist in that effort.”

It’s not yet clear how the state will address the May 26 runoff elections, which includes the primary between Democratic U.S. Senate candidates MJ Hegar and state Sen. Royce West.

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