Election integrity advocates chalked up a handful of wins during the state’s regular legislative session.

Now, with an unknown number of special sessions yet to come, more progress is possible this year—if Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and grassroots conservatives can convince Gov. Greg Abbott to address their priorities that died in the Texas House.

Priorities Passed

After weeks of foot-dragging in the Republican-controlled House, lawmakers finally passed some reforms on the Texas GOP’s list of priorities for protecting elections and sent them to Abbott:

More Priorities Possible

At the end of the regular session, Patrick urged Abbott to include several election-related priorities in a special session call:

Patrick finished his list with “additional election security bills,” which could include any number of other Texas GOP priorities that passed the Senate but died in the House:

Only specific items named by the governor can be considered during a special session.

Abbott indicated that “several special sessions” will be required to pass all of his priorities.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.