Austin, TX — Today, the Texas Democratic Party filed a lawsuit against the Texas Secretary of State and Travis County Elections in Travis County District Court demanding a declaratory judgment that allows all eligible voters, who believe their health is in danger under the threat of COVID-19, the ability to cast their ballot by mail if they so choose.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy, and we must do everything we can to protect and expand that right, instead of bringing our democratic process to a halt.
“We have had conversations with election administrators, local county officials, state legislators, and Texas Republicans because protecting our democracy is incredibly important. Conversations with Texas Republicans fell apart last night because Republicans have no plan.
“We must do everything we can to guarantee access to the ballot box for individuals who are practicing social distancing and self-quarantining. Current law says you can vote-by-mail if you are disabled and we believe COVID-19 puts the health of all of us at risk. This lawsuit will allow any person who does not want to risk their health or that of their family’s during this coronavirus pandemic to vote by mail.
“No Texan should have to worry about risking their health in order to exercise their right to vote. We must act before it’s too late.