The Attorney General in Texas has warned Harris County to stop mail-in ballots or face legal consequences.
Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has suggested for months that steering voters could be sued in the direction of incorrectly applying for mail-in ballots, sued on Monday, claiming that the Harris County clerk Chris Hollins has violated Texas election laws and should not send unsolicited mail. – Ballot for over one million registered voters in the county.
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Paxton said in a statement, “It is the duty of election officials to reject mail-in ballots from voters who are not eligible to vote by mail.” Unfortunately, instead of protecting the integrity of our democratic process, the Harris County Clerk decided. Deliberately violating election laws, many are preparing to send more than 2 million ballots to Texans who do not qualify and do not request voting through the mail. This blatant violation of law weakens our election security and integrity and cannot stand. I will continue to contest safe, fair and legal elections across the state. ”
Earlier this year, the Texas Supreme Court ruled, controlled by Republicans, handed Paxton a victory by upholding a lower court ruling that cleared the way for widespread vote-by-mail.
Voting by mail in Texas is generally limited to those 65 or older or those who have a “disease or physical condition” that prevents voting in person.
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The court ruled that COVID-19’s fear of contract does not qualify as “disability”.
The Texas GOP has argued that the fear of having the virus does not qualify as a disability under the law.
The fight in Texas is one of several nationwide over increasing access to mail-in ballots amid the epidemic.