Texas Supreme Court rejects push to invalidate 127,000 ‘drive-thru’ votes

Texas Supreme Court rejects push to invalidate 127,000 ‘drive-thru’ votes

The Texas Supreme Court on Sunday threw out a suit by a group of Republicans seeking to toss 127,000 votes cast at drive-thru voting places in the Houston area.

The all-Republican court refused to consider the request, and did not provide an explanation.

“We’re pleased that the Texas Supreme Court recognized that their arguments that drive-thru voting is illegal are flat-out wrong,” said Susan Hays, an attorney for the Harris County Clerk’s Office.

“Lawsuits that are filed in the middle of an election to disrupt the election should be promptly denied.”

Some 1.4 million people have already voted in Harris County, Texas, which began allowing voters to drop their ballots off “drive-thru”-style as a COVID-19 safety measure during this year’s primaries.

The similar challenge, however, will go before federal judge Andrew Hanen on Monday.

Republicans suing to block the votes from being counted argue that only the state legislature, and not county government, can legalize drive-thru voting.

“We’re hopeful that he’ll stop this illegal form of voting from continuing to occur,” said Jared Woodfill, the group’s attorney.

President Trump won Texas by nine point four years ago, but polls show it as a toss-up in 2020.

The state has already surpassed its 2016 vote total.

With Post wires

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