On February 12, a trial started in Lopez v Abbott, s.d., 2:16cv-303. This is a civil rights election law case filed in July 2016, alleging that the Texas system for electing State Supreme Court Justices, and also Justices of the Court of Criminal Appeals, makes it almost impossible for hispanics to be elected. The lawsuit argues that these elections should not be statewide, but that judges should be elected from single-member districts.
These elections are partisan and Republicans have won all of them since 1994. The trial is expected to last a full week. If the plaintiffs win, Texas judicial elections would not longer be a means for minor parties to retain their places on the ballot, because only statewide races count for that purpose.