Texas Dems File Lawsuit Against Governor Abbott To Allow Vote-By-Mail Election

Chris Fox
April 08, 2020 - 5:52 am
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Tuesday the Texas Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in United States District Court in San Antonio against Governor Abbott, Secretary of State Ruth Hughes, the Travis County Clerk, and the Bexar County Elections Administrator in their ongoing effort to demand mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic, specifically for the upcoming July 14th Primary runoff elections.

The Democrats are asking the judge to ease vote-by-mail restrictions to allow those social distancing to also vote this way.

Currently only those over 65, Injured or disabled or out of the country are allowed to mail in ballots.

The Texas Democratic Party contends that state law should allow any voter to cast a mail-in ballot given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“As we face the worst public health crisis in a century, neither Governor Abbott nor Secretary of State Hughes have issued concrete guidance to county election officials on whether voters can cast a mail-in ballot during the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans have opposed vote-by-mail without providing any credible justification. Current law allows any voter whose health may be injured by voting in person to vote by mail. As our city and county leaders issue shelter-in-place orders and our residents are urged to stay inside, we must protect Texans’ ability to cast a ballot without jeopardizing their health or safety.”