Federal Judge Rejects GOP Attempt to Invalidate 127,000 Drive-Thru Votes in Harris County
'The Law Was on the Side of the Voters, Again,' Says HCDP Chair
HOUSTON -- Federal Court Judge Andrew Hanen on Monday rejected Republicans’ last-minute challenge to invalidate 127,000 ballots cast using drive-thru voting in Harris County.
“We are grateful that the law was on the side of the voters, again, and hope this is the last blatant attempt to steal the election,” said Lillie Schechter, HCDP Party Chair. “Taking away someone's vote after they have exercised that right is a clear last-ditch effort for the losing side to again bully their way through our democratic voting process.”
“This will not distract us from our mission to elect Democrats up and down the ballot, making people’s lives better by enacting positive progressive policy. This should motivate everyone who hasn’t yet voted to get to the polls Tuesday and cast their ballot,” Schechter said.
The drive-thru voting plan was approved by Harris County Commissioner's Court on Aug. 23 after Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs approved it. Republicans did not contest drive-thru voting in court until Oct. 15,, two days after the start of early voting and nearly two months after the county launched a public information initiative to inform voters of locations and guidelines. The Texas Supreme Court dismissed the plaintiffs’ first suit seeking to halt drive-thru voting and discredit those votes on Oct. 22. The most recent suit by Republicans to have a federal judge declare drive-thru voting unconstitutional and to not count any of the cast votes was not successful because it lacked the legal grounds required for filing.
“We recognize that this is part of the Republican electoral strategy,” Schechter said. “It’s a shameful practice that we have had to battle throughout this entire election cycle. This is the third attempt by Republicans to suppress voting rights.”
“Our citizens and their right to vote must be protected, “said Schechter, “We will continue to fight for them and for every American facing the risk of losing their voice this election.”
Harris County is home to more than 4 million Texans.
For Immediate Release
Nov. 2, 2020
Contact: Angelica Luna-Kaufman