Texas COVID-19 Election Relief

August 9, 2020

Lawsuit filed on behalf of Voto Latino, the Texas State Conference of the NAACP, the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans and individual voters asking the state to address four pillars necessary to expand and protect vote-by-mail voting in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the complaint asks Texas to provide prepaid postage for absentee ballots, accept all ballots postmarked on or before Election Day, prohibit enforcement of signature matching, allow voters the opportunity to correct a signature mismatch, and allow voters to designate any third party to collect their voted and sealed absentee ballot. The district court denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss. The case was appealed to the Fifth Circuit and litigation is ongoing.