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Texas Republicans are in federal court today in an attempt to get about 127,000 early voting ballots disqualified because the trove was collected in violation of state election law.
The votes were cast in a socially distanced manner at drive-thru locations in the Democrat stronghold of Harris County in the Houston area, the state’s largest county by population. The GOP plaintiffs have already lost on the same issue before the Texas Supreme Court that consists of all Republican appointees.
“The Republican activists and candidates are arguing that the drive-thru program is an expansion of curbside voting, and therefore should only be available to voters with disabilities under state election law. They have also challenged the practice as a violation of the U.S. Constitution, which gives state legislatures the authority to decide how elections are run,” Fox News reported. The GOP also wants the court to preclude drive-thru voting on Election Day for those who don’t qualify under the health-related exception.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, a G.W. Bush appointee, is presiding over an emergency hearing in the case. Outcomes in court can be unpredictable, given the magnitude of the votes in question, it could be a stretch for the judge to invalidate them. One option is to order those drive-by votes separated to allow for further consideration when the dust settles.
According to Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins, a Democrat, who expects the court to reject the appeal, “In a totally extreme downside scenario, we would need to encourage those 127,000 Harris County voters to come back out on Tuesday and cast a provisional ballot to make sure that in any circumstance their vote was counted. We’re hoping it doesn’t come to that.”
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Democrats have engaged in a lot of saber-rattling that they can turn Texas blue, but many political experts say that is unlikely to happen in the near term.
At the last minute, Democrats in states like Nevada, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina have watered-down chain-of-custody measures for mail-in ballots using COVD as a pretext, which raises the implication of fraud.
The U.S. Supreme Court has so far turned away GOP challenges in the latter two states, with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett declining to participate because she didn’t have time to review the legal papers the parties submitted.
The GOP has prevailed in other cases, however, such as preventing an extension of the ballot counting deadline beyond November 3 in the key swing state of Wisconsin.
The drive-by corporate media has repeatedly insisted that there is no defects or chicanery inherent in mail-in or drive-by votes, despite chronically outdated voter rolls and all kinds of issues that have emerged in various localities across the country in the handling or mishandling of these ballots, including in elsewhere in Texas, such as in Tarrant County.
Throughout the campaign, President Trump has warned about fraud associated with universal mail-in balloting, and attorneys on both sides are gearing up for potential lawsuits following Election Day.
Consumers are flooding into Walmart, Target, and other big-box retail locations, but Democrats contend that in-person voting is unsafe.
As a court ruling is expected expeditiously, check back for updates.
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