Federal Judge Rejected Republicans’ Attempt To Toss 127,000 Votes
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On Monday, November 2, 2020, a federal judge, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, rejected the request by a conservative activist and three Republican candidates to toss out nearly 127,000 votes from drive-thru polling sites in Texas’ most populous Harris county that is mostly Democratic. This ruling by Judge Hanen follows two earlier decisions by the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court rejecting similar efforts by Republicans challenging the validity of drive-thru voting in Harris County. It also clears the way in counting the early voting drive-thru ballots on Election Day.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision to hear arguments on the brink of Election Day drew concern from voting rights activists, and came after the Texas Supreme Court rejected a nearly identical challenge over the weekend. Hanen said those who oppose drive-thru centers — who were represented by former Harris County GOP Chairman Jared Woodfill— had no standing to bring a lawsuit. He added that people had already voted and that conservative activists had months to bring a challenge sooner, in the video “Federal Judge in Texas Dismisses GOP Lawsuit to Toss Drive-Through Votes“, below:
In the video “Federal Court Rejects Last Minutes GOP Effort To Discount Nearly 127000“, below:
In the video “A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by four Republicans seeking to prevent officials“, below:
10% of Harris County’s in-person early voters cast their ballots at the county’s 10 drive-thru locations. It would have been a monumental disenfranchisement and voter suppression if these voters’ votes will not be counted. Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins said that the county’s 10 drive-thru locations would remain open Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
After a hearing with plaintiffs, the county, and numerous Texas and national voting rights and political groups joining Harris County arguing that the drive-thru program was legal under Texas election law, the judge ruled to reject the request to toss out nearly 127,000 votes.
Republican leaders and activists worked furiously in churning out lawsuits, and official state orders to limit voters’ options during the pandemic. The reason for such great attention placed in Harris County is because if President Trump loses Texas, it would be difficult for him to be reelected.
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