(ReliableNews.org) – The Texas Supreme Court shot down efforts by Harris County’s Democratic country clerk Chris Hollins to send ballots to potentially hundreds of thousands of individuals not allowed to vote by mail.
The Oct. 7 ruling noted that Hollins lacked the legal authority to send unsolicited ballot applications to all 2.4 million registered voters under the age of 65 with only “a fraction” of the voters “eligible” to use mail-in ballots.
Additionally, the Supreme Court stated Hollin’s plan would “undermine” consistent application of voting laws throughout the state, particularly since he was the only county clerk proposing such a strategy.
I thank the Texas Supreme Court for recognizing that Texas election law prohibits county clerks from sending out unsolicited mail-in ballot applications en masse.
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) October 7, 2020
The Texas Supreme Court joins those in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin in issuing rulings regarding mail-in voting, leading to speculation the high-stakes battles over voting could reach higher courts.
A nationwide precedent could be set if that happens, particularly if a case makes it to a federal circuit court or the US Supreme Court. With the Nov. 3 election less than a month away, the chances of a court challenge determining the outcome appear increasingly likely. Get out there and vote!
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