Texas GOP members sue to stop early voting extension

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September 23, 2020 - 1:40 pm
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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's efforts to extend early voting in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic are facing a new legal challenge - this time, from members of his own party.

Leading Texas GOP politicians and activists on Wednesday asked the Texas Supreme Court to void an order issued by Abbott in late July that added six days to the early voting period for the November 3 election.

"Governor Abbott seems to have forgotten that the Texas Constitution is not a document that he consults at his convenience," said Jared Woodfill, a lawyer for the plaintiffs. "It is an uninterrupted charter of governmental structure that limits Governor Abbott’s ability to act as a king."

The petition has been joined by Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, Texas Republican Party Chairman Allen West, current and former members of the Texas Legislature, and conservative political activist Steve Hotze.

Under state law, early voting for the November 3 election would have normally begun on October 19, before being extended by Abbott's order. The end of early voting remains the same, on October 30.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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