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Texans hit hardest by coronavirus are facing another challenge: the pause on the J&J vaccine

Texans hit hardest by coronavirus are facing another challenge: the pause on the J&J vaccine

Today was the day that hundreds of college students at Texas Tech University and up to 1,500 others in Lubbock, one of last year’s , were going to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.Today was also the day that some members of the Petersburg Mission Baptist Church, a Black church in the rural Texas community of Athens, were going to be fully vaccinated.And in Corpus Christi, a city-sponsored effort was about to get underway in the coming days to vaccinate the city’s homeless population.All of that was upended when providers across Texas paused usage of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson...

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COVID-19 killed more than 45,000 in Texas in the last year

COVID-19 killed more than 45,000 in Texas in the last year

This timeline tracks COVID-19’s rampage through Texas over the last year: the growing death toll, the policy decisions made in response to the pandemic that often influenced its course and the stories of some of the Texans claimed by the virus. The pressed flowers represent lives lost.This total only accounts for people whose death certificates say COVID-19 was the cause of death. And while vaccination efforts are gaining momentum — nearly 10% of Texas residents were fully vaccinated as of March 13 — the pandemic is far from over. More than 150 new deaths on average are still being reported...

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Mar 15
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Texas is on track for record turnout in this election after breaking early voting records

Texas is on track for record turnout in this election after breaking early voting records

After the conclusion of three weeks of early voting, 9.7 million Texans have cast ballots, crushing previous early voting totals in the state and setting Texas on a course for record turnout in this Tuesday's general election.At least 9,709,376 voters cast early ballots, according to preliminary final numbers released by the Texas Secretary of State and the counties on Saturday morning. That is 57.3% percent of registered voters, just shy of the overall turnout of 59.4% in 2016 by 2 percentage points.Of those early votes, 8,738,363 were cast in person; 971,013 were cast by mail.Early...

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October 31, 2020
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Texas has added 1.8 million registered voters. Where they are shows how the state has become more competitive.

Texas has added 1.8 million registered voters. Where they are shows how the state has become more competitive.

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.It’s clear from the state’s early voting numbers that a lot of new voters have cast ballots this year. Total raw turnout during the early voting period has already surpassed 9 million, which is more than the total number of voters from 2016.Some of that turnout can be credited to an excited electorate. But it’s also thanks to a surge of 1.8 million new registered voters since the 2016 election. When all the votes are counted, experts say, the state’s percentage of registered voters who cast ballots will...

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October 30, 2020
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Last day of Texas early voting is Oct. 30. Here's what you need to know.

Last day of Texas early voting is Oct. 30. Here's what you need to know.

to register to votefor counties to receive mail-in until early voting startsEarly voting ends until Election DayTexas voters will soon head to the polls — from Oct. 13 to Oct. 30 for early voting and on Election Day, Nov. 3 — for the 2020 general election. Here’s an overview of everything Texans need to know about casting a ballot in the election.If you enter your address below, we’ll customize this page for you. (Don’t worry, we won’t store your information.) You’ll be able to view the and if you have more questions.Choose a section to scroll to:If you want help getting ready for election...

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September 18, 2020
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Two key Texas counties — Democratic stronghold Harris and traditionally red Denton — are setting early voting records

Two key Texas counties — Democratic stronghold Harris and traditionally red Denton — are setting early voting records

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.In the first few days of early voting in an unprecedented election year, two key Texas counties saw a rush of voters coming to the polls.Houston’s Harris County has gotten state and national attention for its long lines and record-breaking participation. But by the fourth day of early voting, it was North Texas’ Denton County — large swaths of which are rural — that, of Texas’ 10 largest counties, had the largest increase in early voting compared to 2016.As of Friday, 27% of registered voters in Denton...

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October 17, 2020
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