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Elections 2016

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The 2016 presidential race comes to an end Nov. 8. Republican nominee Donald Trump faces Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Gary Johnson is the Libertarian candidate and Jill Stein is the Green Party candidate.

Dates To Remember In Texas:

  • The last day to register to vote was Oct. 11.
  • Early voting in Texas: Monday, Oct. 24-Friday, Nov. 4
  • Last day to apply for ballot by mail (received not postmarked): Friday, Oct. 28
  • Election Day: Tuesday, Nov. 8

Learn about Texas voting from the Secretary of State's office from these counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant

Here are some highlights from local and national coverage of the 2016 election:   

Texas Decides

Texas public radio stations will investigate five questions Texans from across the state want answered before the election. The series will run Oct. 24-28. 

Oct. 24: Why Is Texas So Red, And How Did It Get That Way?

The Candidates

The Debates

Voting In Texas 

Latest Stories

Catch up on the latest election coverage below.

A Lesson On Polls

6 hours ago

An ABC News poll released Sunday shows Hillary Clinton has a double-digit lead over Donald Trump. But that doesn’t guarantee those results will be duplicated on Election Day.

Voting Has Started, And Electionland Is On The Case

7 hours ago
Andrew Burton / Getty Images

Election Day is still a few weeks away, but some Americans are already casting ballots. About 20 states and the District of Columbia have early voting programs, several of which have already begun. It’s estimated that about one-third of the country will have voted by the time polls open on Nov. 8.

More than 35 million eligible voters in the U.S. — about one in six — have a disability. And in the last presidential election, almost a third of voters with disabilities reported having trouble casting their ballots — whether it was getting into the polling place, reading the ballot, or struggling with a machine.

Despite some improvements, many of these voters are expected to face similar problems again this year.

Why Is Texas So Red, And How Did It Get That Way?

13 hours ago

We all know Texas is a red state. Democrats haven't won a statewide election since 1994, and Republicans have carried the state in every presidential election since 1976.

Jacqueline Mermea / The Texas Tribune

Editor's note: Monday on Morning Edition, we included incomplete information about the types of identification that Texans need to vote. This story has detailed information about the IDs and what to do if you don’t have one of those forms of identification.

From the outset, Democrats needed a very big-wave election to get to the 30 seats they need to win back control of the House. Then, a video of Donald Trump surfaced showing the GOP nominee making lewd comments, and later multiple women accused him of groping them. That left some wondering if these scandals could trigger that wave.

But that simply hasn't happened.

Texas To Russian Official: Stay Out Of Our Polling Places

Oct 21, 2016
Consulate General of the Russian Federation

Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos has said no to Russian officials’ request to watch Texans vote, according to correspondence obtained by The Texas Tribune.


In the past week, Donald Trump has suggested the United States election system is rigged as he continues sliding in the polls. The accusation, along with news of a potential voter fraud investigation in Tarrant County, has raised questions about the security of our elections process. 

Wooing Latino Voters On The Border In The Year Of Trump

Oct 21, 2016

Arizona's Santa Cruz County on the Mexican border is what Republican operative Sergio Arellano jokingly calls "Democrat heaven." Only 16 percent of voters are registered as Republicans. More than 80 percent of the population is Latino.

Arellano has been trying to lure more of these voters to the GOP, but this campaign season has been tricky.

"What we encounter on the grass-roots is, 'Republicans are racist. Republicans and Trump want to deport everybody, want to build the wall,'" said Arellano.