Austin, TX — Today, to best protect public health and ensure the sanctity of the vote, Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa sent a letter to the Texas Secretary of State demanding an immediate move from in-person voting to all mail-in ballots for the May 2 and May 26 elections.
As elections across the country continue to get delayed or outright canceled, the time is now for Texas election officials to take the threat of Coronavirus seriously and find alternative methods to ensuring that every eligible Texan has the right to vote.
With only six weeks until the election, officials have a responsibility to protect public health and act immediately.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Under the current and projected conditions involving COVID-19, it does not seem viable for Texas to hold meaningful elections in May. All eligible voters will not be able to participate in those elections with polling place-based voting. An all-mail election, in which county election officials mail a ballot to every registered voter, is the only option that guarantees Texans’ right to vote while also protecting public health.
“The Texas Democratic Party calls for the Governor to immediately declare all mail-in ballot elections for May 2 and May 26. This goes beyond party or politics, this is a matter of right and wrong. The Secretary of State’s office must act before it’s too late. Time is of the essence.”