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Denton made history Tuesday night, becoming the first city in Texas to ban fracking within city limits. The vote passed 59 percent to 41 percent, to the surprise of even the supporters of the ban.

Map: Find Your Polling Place On Election Day

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Do you plan to vote on Tuesday, but you don't know where to go? Here's a handy tool.

If recent trends holds true, more Texas women than men will vote in tomorrow’s election. That’s one reason the candidates for governor have appealed directly to women. 

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Get out your voter ID and head to the polls -- early voting begins today and continues through Oct.31. 

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A statewide poll says Republican Greg Abbott went into Tuesday night’s governor’s debate at KERA leading Democrat Wendy Davis by nine points.

That’s less of a lead than internal Abbott campaign polls recently showed, but a difficult gap for Davis to makeup with just five weeks until the November 4 election. 

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It’s been smooth sailing so far for Texas Republican John Cornyn in his bid for a third term in the U.S. Senate.

His wide lead and enormous war chest have given him the luxury of waging a non-traditional campaign that includes an effort to draw minority voters into the Republican fold.

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A federal court has determined that the Irving school district denies Hispanic residents an equal opportunity to vote and elect candidates of their choice.

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The candidates at the top of the Texas Democratic ticket are back on the campaign trail Monday after pumping up party members at their state convention in Dallas over the weekend.

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Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis talked Tuesday about building the Texas economy while her Republican opponent Greg Abbott zeroed in on Hispanic voters by releasing a Spanish language television ad.

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Iraq is holding its first presidential election since U.S. troops pulled out in 2011. And one of the polling places is a Dallas hotel.

North Texas is home to about 5,000 Iraqis, some of whom are new arrivals like Masdi Altimimi. He’s from Wasit, Kut in Eastern Iraq.  

“Peace, peace middle east,” Altimimi said. “I need happiness in my country, like you guys, freedom.”

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This week’s fundraising reports show at least three of the Republicans running for lieutenant governor have the money to compete on TV.  The fourth, Jerry Patterson, has a lot less cash, but unveiled an effort to target Hispanic voters.

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Are you unsure where to vote?  Want to take a look at the elections and issue on the ballot?  

County elections offices have posted sample ballots and the locations of polling sites as well as contact information if you encounter difficulty.

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Next time you go to the polls to vote in Texas, you might need to bring ID. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that makes it possible for the state to move forward with controversial laws, like voter ID and redistricting.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Texans aren’t very civic-minded. And when it comes to participating in elections, the Lone Star State is dead last.

A new University of Texas study ranks Texas 51st out of all the states and Washington, D.C., for voter turnout. Voter registration is slightly better, Texas gets the 42nd spot.

A record number of Texans have registered to vote in the November election. But commentator Rawlins Gilliland wonders why some who could or should take part remain disengaged.

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Today is the deadline to register to vote in next month’s presidential election. You’ll have to find a stamp to mail the application by midnight.

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Election officials don’t want anyone to be turned away from the polls next month because they thought they'd registered to vote online.

Texas Judge Halts Part Of Voter Purge Effort

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A state district judge in Austin has blocked part of Texas' efforts to purge dead voters from registration rolls.

The Dallas Regional Chamber has launched a “Vote 2012” initiative this Labor Day Weekend. It’s designed to get more people registered to vote in the November elections.

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Stark choices await Texas voters in Tuesday's runoff elections as tea party-backed candidates face establishment Republicans while new leaders emerge among Democrats.

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A federal judge in Galveston is to consider motions in a lawsuit filed by a Washington-based voters' rights group that contends Texas laws make it illegally difficult to register voters.

The group Voting for America is seeking an injunction to block enforcement of laws they say keep registration records from the public, attack voter registration drives and impede its "mission of voter advocacy."

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More than 1.5 million Texans could be removed from the state's list of registered voters if they fail to vote or update their records in consecutive federal elections.

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The Dallas County Elections Administrator wants voters to do their homework before Election Day: Tuesday, May 29.

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Politico calls Dallas Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson one of the five most “at risk” incumbents in the remaining primaries. It's not just because of District 30's new territory. 

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Today is the last day of early voting for the city council and school board elections across the metroplex this weekend. In Dallas County, only 18,000 people have turned out to vote early. County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole said she expected more.

The U.S. Postal Service has changed its mind about closing the Main Post Office at I-30 and Sylvan in Dallas.

The Postal Service had said it would move Dallas mail distribution and processing to Fort Worth.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says the consequences of that cost-cutting move were unacceptable.

Jenkins: "That would have resulted in ultimately the loss of over a thousand jobs. And of equal importance, it would have resulted in slow downs in our mail and hardships on everyone who uses the Post Office."

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A federal judge has signed off on an agreement to delay Texas' March primary election until April 3. That will give candidates time to adjust to final redistricting maps. But KERA's Shelley Kofler reports Texas may lose some of its influence in choosing a republican presidential nominee.

If the primary had remained on March 6 Texas Republicans would have been among the 11 states taking part in the big Super Tuesday vote. The contest among presidential contenders may still close in March, and Texans could have been among the voters that decide the GOP nominee.

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