The Texas Supreme Court Wednesday issued a stay blocking the Harris County Clerk’s plan to send 2.4 million unsolicited vote-by-mail applications to all registered voters.
The stay puts a halt to the mass mailer until the Court holds a full hearing on the merits of the case.
Houston Attorney Jared Woodfill filed the emergency petition with the State’s highest court on behalf of the a Republican coalition including the Harris County Republican Party, 80th District Court candidate Sharon Hemphill and activist Dr. Steven Hotze.
While the State Supreme Court didn’t give an explanation for their decision, Woodfill argued in the petition that the move by Harris County was in violation of the State’s election code. “In this particular case, it was illegal because the clerk chose to sell, send it out to folks who had not requested the application and to send it out to people who didn't qualify,” said Woodfill.
In an effort to point out the hypocrisy of the Harris County Republicans fight to stop his vote-by mail application mailer campaign, Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins Wednesday tweeted pictures of a Texas GOP mailer that had already been sent out. The direct mail piece also included a vote-by mail application.