April 7, 2020/Media, Press

BREAKING: Texas Democratic Party Files Federal Lawsuit Against Governor Abbott and Secretary of State Ruth Hughes to Demand Vote-by-Mail Election

BREAKING: Texas Democratic Party Files Federal Lawsuit Against Governor Abbott and Secretary of State Ruth Hughes to Demand Vote-by-Mail Election

Austin, TX — Today, the Texas Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in United States District Court against Governor Abbott, Secretary of State Ruth Hughes, the Travis County Clerk, and the Bexar County Elections Administrator in our ongoing effort to demand mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Texas Democratic Party contends that state law allows any voter to cast a mail-in ballot given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

To read the full lawsuit, click here.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“As we face the worst public health crisis in a century, neither Governor Abbott nor Secretary of State Hughes have issued concrete guidance to county election officials on whether voters can cast a mail-in ballot during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Republicans have opposed vote-by-mail without providing any credible justification. Current law allows any voter whose health may be injured by voting in person to vote by mail. As our city and county leaders issue shelter-in-place orders and our residents are urged to stay inside, we must protect Texans’ ability to cast a ballot without jeopardizing their health or safety.

“Texas Democrats will continue to protect our fundamental right to vote and the integrity of our elections. We must not allow the coronavirus outbreak to halt our democracy.”

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Texas Democrats will never stop fighting back against all Republican attempts to suppress the vote. We won a lawsuit to force the Texas Department of Public Safety to comply with the National Voter Registration Act. We won against David Whitley and his voter purge. We are in court to reverse the ban on mobile voting and to allow voting by mail for all eligible voters during pandemics. We will not stand any Republican attempt to make voting more difficult for every eligible Texan.