Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Monday filed a lawsuit in district court to stop Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins from sending 2.4 million unsolicited mail-in ballot applications to registered voters in Harris County.
While there is no state law prohibiting the County Clerk from sending mail-in ballot applications, Paxton wrote in a press release that it’s in violation of Texas election law since mail-in ballots are reserved for a few limited categories of qualified voters who are age 65 and older and voters who are disabled.
“Instead of protecting the integrity of our democratic process, the Harris County Clerk decided to knowingly violate election laws by preparing to send over two million ballot applications to many Texans who do not qualify and have not requested to vote by mail,” said Attorney General Paxton. “This blatant violation of law undermines our election security and integrity and cannot stand. I will continue to fight for safe, fair, and legal elections across the state.”
Hollins plans to move ahead with mailing the applications, saying that he’s confident that the law is on his side. He has also made the argument that by sending the applications, the Harris County Clerk’s office is advising registered voters in the County of their voting options for the November election.
He even produced a public service announcement reinforcing this message. In the PSA Hollins says, “During the current health crisis, voting by mail is the safest way to cast your vote. We encourage you to make your own health assessment to determine if you qualify to vote by mail.”
ONLINE: See a Copy of the lawsuit here