Fri, 09/11/2020 - 16:57

Appeals Court Rejects Texas Democrats Call to Expand Mail-In Voting

Texas Voters Still Have Early-Voting Option if They Fail to Quality for Vote-By-Mail

A U.S. Appeals Court on Thursday rejected a bid by Texas Democrats to allow all state residents to vote by mail because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The court ruled 2-1 that the Texas law allowing for mail-in voting applies only to those over 65 and that this was not unconstitutional age discrimination.

“This is a disappointing decision,” said Lillie Schechter, Harris Democratic Party Chair. “Texas is one of only seven states that limit access to mail-in voting by age, unless a voter has a qualifying excuse.”

“If you can’t vote by mail, you should plan to early vote,” said Schechter. “We will have three weeks of early voting, beginning Oct. 13.”

She said voting hours and 24-hour locations are listed on the HCDP website at harrisdemocrats.org/2020-voting-hours.

In addition, applications to vote by mail are still available online, Schechter said. “If you are eligible to vote by mail, I encourage you to complete the application available on the County Clerk’s website.”

More information about voting by mail is available at harrisdemocrats.org/vbm-faq. Voters can request an application to vote by mail on the Harris County Clerk’s website.

Read more about the Appeals Court decision on the Texas Tribune website at texastribune.org/2020/09/10/texas-voting-by-mail-lawsuit.

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