Texas Supreme Court Stops Harris County From Sending Unsolicited Mail-In Ballot Applications

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Attorney General Ken Paxton Tuesday celebrated the Texas Supreme Court for temporarily preventing Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins from sending over two million unsolicited mail-in ballot applications to all registered voters in Harris County.

The court ordered that Hollins is to not send unsolicited mail-in ballot applications, pending the State’s appeal to the 14th Court of Appeals. That’s the date the court will hear the State’s appeal of a lower court decision that favored Harris County.

“I strongly commend the Texas Supreme Court for stopping the Harris County Clerk from sending millions of mail-in ballot applications, which would create voter confusion and jeopardize the integrity and security of our elections,” said Attorney General Paxton. In a statement Paxton added that he thought the Harris County Clerk “knowingly chose to violate Texas election law and undermine election security.”

This directly conflicts with Friday’s lower court decision, which rejected the claim that the Harris County Clerk was not acting within his authority by sending out the out the unsolicited mail-in ballot applications.

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.

Hollins 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.”

Read a copy of the order here.