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Voting & Elections 10.4.2021

Texas Senate Committee to Hear Bill on 2020 Election, Future Election Challenges

The Texas Senate State Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on SB 47, a bill authorizing political party chairs to demand reviews of the 2020 election. The bill also authorizes political party chairs to demand reviews of future elections, and elevate those reviews to the Secretary of State for further review, with counties paying the entire cost of the processes.

Voting & Elections 09.2.2021

Texas Senate Passes Bill Encouraging Partisan Election Challenges

This is partisan grandstanding at the expense of taxpayers. Common Cause Texas strongly urges the House to vote no on this dangerous legislation and instead focus on preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus that has killed more than 55,000 of our fellow Texans and has more than 13,000 in the hospital fighting for their lives. 

Voting & Elections 11.2.2020

‘Huge Victory for Texas Voters’: Federal Judge Rules in Favor of 127,000 Drive-Thru Ballots

"Voter suppression doesn't get much more blatant than this outrageous attempt to invalidate the votes of nearly 127,000 Texans," said Anthony Gutierrez, executive director of Common Cause Texas, in response to the decision. "We hope this ruling eliminates some of the anxiety and confusion so many Houstonians were feeling. This should allow the election to be decided by Texas voters and not by a small group of people trying to disrupt our democracy through litigation, suppression and confusion."

Voting & Elections 10.16.2020

Rise in Use of Ballot Drop Boxes Sparks Partisan Battles

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, has been accused of trying to stifle Democratic votes by issuing a directive limiting ballot drop boxes to one per county. That strikes some Democrats as an effort to make voting harder for residents of the state’s sprawling metropolises, which tend to vote Democratic. Harris County, home to Houston, has a population of more than 4.7 million people and covers 1,777 square miles. “I can’t think of any other reason to do this other than voter suppression,” said Anthony Gutierrez, executive director of Common Cause Texas, which filed suit against the state over the directive.

Voting & Elections 10.9.2020

The only election conspiracy is the GOP trying to limit ballot access for Trump opponents

"This isn’t security, it’s suppression,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo tweeted of the move, which prompted a lawsuit by the League of United Latin American Citizens. The Texas branch of the nonpartisan grassroots organization Common Cause is suing to challenge the limit. Its attorney Anthony Gutierrez said the governor lacks authority to restrict drop boxes; that's for local election officials.

Voting & Elections 10.8.2020

ADL files lawsuit to stop Texas governor’s limit on drop-off sites

The ADL’s Austin, Southwest and Texoma Regions, Common Cause Texas and an individual Texas voter filed suit to block the governor of Texas from limiting drop-off sites for absentee ballots to a maximum of one per county during the state’s early voting period, regardless of the size of a county’s population or the distribution of that population.

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