The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday again handed down a ruling that prevented Harris County from sending voting requests by mail to all of its more than 2 million registered voters in the middle of an ongoing court battle.
The district court ruling granted a request from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) to halt the county’s attempt to send the applications before a separate order blocking the shipment was due to expire. The ruling of the All-Republican Court orders the county to refrain from sending unsolicited applications “until further order.”
The Supreme Court ruling overturned a Friday ruling by a state district judge that allowed Harris County to send the applications, though Paxton, who has argued that sending unsolicited mailings would confuse voters, appealed the case to the district court.
“I strongly commend the Texas Supreme Court for stopping the Harris County Clerk from sending millions of mail-in ballot applications, which would create voter confusion and jeopardize the integrity and security of our elections,” Paxton said. The Harris County Clerk deliberately chose to violate Texas electoral law and undermine electoral security. I thank the court for preventing the clerk from continuing with his illegal plans while this case continues. ”
Harris County announced earlier this year that it intends to send applications to all registered voters. Texas law states that registered voters in the state automatically qualify for a ballot that they can either submit or submit.
“Fortunately, all applications per. Mail already delivered to Harris County voters aged 65 and over. My office is ready to send applications and educational materials to the remaining registered voters at the conclusion of this unfounded lawsuit, ”tweeted Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins.
Fortunately, all vote-by-mail applications have already been submitted to Harris County voters age 65 and older. My office is ready to send applications and teaching materials to the remaining registered voters at the conclusion of this unfounded lawsuit. https://t.co/nxUdVso9ZI
– Chris Hollins (@CGHollins) September 15, 2020
Harris County has already sent mail-in ballot applications to registered voters who are seniors.
The ongoing court battle between Paxton and Harris County is part of a broader battle for mail-in voting in the Lone Star State, with Republicans pushing back against lawyers urging Austin to expand its practice during the coronavirus pandemic.