A day after Gov. Greg Abbott announced plans to fully reopen businesses and end the state’s mask mandate, small business owners across Texas found themselves struggling to decide what to do next.
In the state’s largest metropolitan areas, vaccine distribution centers like hospitals and pharmacies are more common in white, affluent neighborhoods.
The move comes after Congress passed a stimulus bill Monday extending the federal moratorium on evictions through the end of January. The moratorium order was set to expire at the end of the year.
After early voting, 57.3% of registered voters in Texas have cast ballots, just shy of the total turnout of 59.4% in 2016.
Experts are predicting that as many as 12 million people could vote in Texas this year.
A federal judge had ordered the state to give voters a chance to resolve signature questions in time for their ballots to be counted. Now that won’t happen unless counties do it voluntarily.
The final number heading into the Nov. 3 election represents 1.9 million more registered voters than Texas had for the 2016 presidential contest.
Political people in high places are sowing doubt about voting and elections, making our 200-year-old system seem fraught with problems and even crime. Vote anyway.
The new program will provide rental assistance and legal aid for tenants who are behind on rent. Details on how Texans could apply or qualify weren’t immediately released.
The limited move, ordered by a federal judge, marks the first time Texans have been able to register to vote online.