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Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

  Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

Special masters hired by the state to scrutinize the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services say the embattled agency should increase its focus on improving the timeliness in seeing children under its care — one of about 56 recommendations it made in a report released Friday.

In their 13-page report, special masters Kevin Ryan and  Francis McGovern also discussed the need for improvements in updating children's health records and limiting caseloads for Child Protective Services caseworkers.

The state’s top election official says he’s doing all he can to make sure counties are following a court order regarding the state’s voter ID law.

Ryan Poppe

The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund has filed a lawsuit challenging Bexar County’s use of outdated Voter ID signs in polling locations and use of election officials turning away eligible voters.

MALDEF alleges that Bexar County has posted and announced false and unauthorized voter ID requirements in early voting polling places throughout the county.   The group’s Nina Perales says they are asking a state judge to remove all illegal voter ID materials from polling locations as well as from the county’s website and voter hotline.

Ryan Poppe

A new poll put out by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune shows the number of Republican voters concerned about the possibility of voter fraud occurring during this election outweighs that of likely Democratic voters  in Texas.   

A record 15.1 million Texans are registered to vote in the November election. And a large number of them are Latinos, who have recently become citizens. But will they come out and cast ballots?

Andrew Schneider from Here & Now contributor Houston Public Media reports.

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