Austin, TX — This evening during Governor Abbott’s virtual town hall, when asked about the status of the May runoff elections, the governor said, both parties are working on this and that his office may weigh in as early as tomorrow.
In the interest of full transparency, the Texas Democratic Party is releasing the status of these conversations.
To be clear, the Governor has not responded to our request for a conversation. The Texas Democratic Party has had conversations with election administrators, legislators, and the Republican Party of Texas. Furthermore, the Texas Democratic Party has sought clarity from the Secretary of State’s Office.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“The only way to ensure every voter has an opportunity to have their voices heard and their health protected is to dramatically expand vote-by-mail options. Delaying the election without providing counties the guidance they need is irresponsible and solves nothing. It puts our entire democratic process at risk.
“Simply stalling and hoping we can go back to normal is not a plan. We must start planning now to guarantee access to the ballot box for individuals who are practicing social distancing and self-quarantining. Texas must dedicate resources, facilitate access to the ballot box, and provide counties the support they need to plan and execute an election that accounts for the current crisis. No Texan should have to worry about risking their health in order to exercise their right to vote.”