The latest in the Harris County election administration dispute

The county’s next election is just a few months away – and we don’t know who’s administering it.

By Wells DunbarAugust 18, 2023 11:42 am,

Recent developments in the ongoing conflict between the state and Harris County concerning the administration of elections have brought the issue to the forefront again.

At the heart of the matter is a newly enacted state law that empowers the state to potentially eliminate the role of an elections administrator in Harris County, the state’s most populous county. In response, Harris County took legal action, leading to the issuance of an injunction that temporarily blocked the law’s implementation. The state then swiftly appealed to the Texas Supreme Court, prompting a suspension of the injunction.

Texas Tribune managing editor Matthew Watkins explains the current scenario, saying “Right now, where we are is sort of in the same place where we started – but now it’s essentially up to the Supreme Court to decide what to do about the future of that law.”

For more stories from this week in Texas politics, listen to the interview in the audio player above.

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