Judge Tim Sulak, a state judge based in Austin, said Abbott’s order “is likely to unnecessarily and unreasonably increase the risks of exposure to COVID-19 infections” and “significantly burden the constitutionally protected rights of voters to vote as a result of increased travel and delays, among other things. “The lawsuit was filed by liberal-minded groups in Texas.
The impact of the decision is unclear. Earlier this week, a federal appeals court upheld Abbott’s order. Thursday’s state court ruling is a separate case focused on state law.
7;s Democratic Fortress, which has the largest population and one of the most populous in the country. Houston’s home covers a massive area that previously had 12 dropouts. Travis County, which includes the reliably democratic city of Austin, must limit its four dropouts to one.
Elizabeth Lewis, a spokeswoman for Harris County Chancellery, told CNN that due to ongoing litigation, the county does not currently plan to reopen the 11 seats it closed after Abbott’s order for a county box went into effect. -early this month. The office will continue to focus on the only location at NRG Stadium in Houston, Lewis said.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton quickly filed a complaint Thursday and said the appeal would suspend the new decision. Abbott and Paxton, both Republicans, have defended Texas mail voting laws, which are among the most restrictive in the country.
The issue has been circulating between opposing courts for several weeks. The governor’s appeals victory for the governor came after Paxton filed an urgent motion to stay pending an appeal against a district court order that would allow county officials to accept manual delivery of ballots by mail to any county application or satellite office.
Early voting began in Texas on Tuesday with lines and waiting times for thousands of voters in some places. In Harris County, 50,000 votes had been cast by noon local time, according to a county official. Waiting times exceed 40 minutes at several locations in the county, including Rice University Football Stadium in Houston.