A major blow to circumvent state law and increase probability for voter fraud was struck down in Texas today.
The Texas Supreme Court ruled for Attorney General Ken Paxton’s emergency filing preventing Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins from sending over two million unsolicited mail-in ballot applications to all registered voters in Harris County. The plan was to spend millions of taxpayers money to send unsolicited ballots to millions of Houston area residents.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation, a nonprofit specializing in election integrity, revealed that non-Americans were added to voter rolls in many states in previous elections.
For example, the group revealed that a large portion of the non-citizens casted ballots in elections in 2017–almost 5,600 people on the voter rolls in Virginia were deemed as non-citizens, with a third of them voting in previous elections.
The court entered its order in response to a filing made earlier today by Paxton on behalf of the State of Texas seeking emergency relief to prevent Hollins from sending the applications before the State’s lawsuit against Hollins is resolved.
“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. “The Harris County Clerk knowingly chose to violate Texas election law and undermine election security. I thank the court for preventing the clerk from proceeding with his unlawful plans while this case continues.”
Under Texas election law, mail-in ballots are reserved for a few limited categories of qualified voters who are age 65 and older and voters who are disabled.
“The proposed mass mailing would sow confusion because applications would go to all registered voters, regardless of whether they legally qualify to vote a mail ballot and regardless of whether they even want to vote by mail,” Paxton said last week. “Texas law requires the clerk to send applications to voters who specifically request them.”