Austin, TX — Today, Judge Tim Sulak of the Travis County District Court signaled that the Texas Democratic Party will win its lawsuit against the State of Texas demanding that all eligible voters who believe their health will be compromised under the threat of the coronavirus be able to cast a mail-in ballot in the upcoming runoff elections.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Today is a victory for all Texans. The right to vote is central to our democracy.
“As public health officials began speaking to the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, the Texas Democratic Party knew voting by mail would have to reduce the demand for in-person voting. In Wisconsin, we saw the debacle that ensues when voters are prevented from mailing their ballots during a pandemic. Voters should not have to choose between their lives or their right to vote.
“The Texas Legislature provided for these circumstances by statute allowing voters to vote by mail when they have a physical condition that makes it dangerous for them to do so. That’s why we fought in court on behalf of voters.
“Our voting rights have been under attack for decades, long before the coronavirus pandemic reached the borders of our state. We cannot allow this public health crisis to be the death of our democracy when it is taking so many of our loved ones.
“Our state is better off when more Texans participate in our democracy. Voting by mail is safe, secure, and accessible. It allows more voters to participate in our democracy, and it’s a commonsense way to run an election, especially during a public health crisis.”