Voting

Shelby Knowles / The Texas Tribune

Democrats and civil libertarians are applauding a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a Texas case, Evenwel v. Abbott, that challenged the way voting districts are drawn. 

It’s a ruling that may bolster the growing influence of Latino voters.

Three hours after the polls closed in Bexar County Tuesday night, some voters who were in line at election precincts were waiting to cast their ballots.

At 10:30 p.m. Texas Public Radio’s Louisa Jonas filed this live report from San Antonio’s Ridgeway Elementary:

"I’m here with Mackenzie Griesenbeck.  She’s 18 years old.  She’s a first-time voter.  She’s been waiting three hours and there are still six people in line here.”

Griesenbeck was patiently taking it all in stride, saying the frustrating experience would not deter her from voting in future elections.

 

Early voting begins today for Texas’ Super Tuesday primary. In the presidential races voters will be choosing delegates to the Republican and Democratic conventions. They’ll also be choosing their parties’ nominees in local, state and congressional races.

 

In south San Antonio, members of two long-time political families are again facing off for the Democratic nomination in Texas House District 118.  They’re hoping their names will matter.

 

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Asian-Americans are a bit of a voting paradox. They're the fastest growing minority group in the country, but they're also the least likely to vote.

Take the 2012 election — Asian-Americans voted Democrat in higher numbers than ever before (73 percent cast a ballot for Barack Obama). But they had the lowest voter turnout of any racial group (47 percent).

To try and narrow that discrepancy, a group of Asian-Americans have created the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Victory Fund.

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