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Voting & Elections 04.17.2020

Judge lets Texans cast absentee ballots — but AG threatens felony charges

Anthony Gutierrez, the head of the watchdog group Common Cause, added that Paxton's threat to bring charges against voting rights groups put voters at risk. "Threatening to prosecute Texans who simply want to vote without endangering themselves, their families or their neighbors is just cruel," he told the Dallas Morning News. "Everyone who works on voting rights or elections in Texas, including the secretary of state, has said this is a piece of law that is not clear, hence the litigation, and the judge made what we believe is the right call today."

Abbott Puts Cabal of His Billionaire Donors, Industry Lobbyists in Charge of Restarting Texas’ Economy

“Getting a bunch of smart business people together to work on this can certainly be a good thing, but it is alarming to see so many big political donors and industry lobbyists included. In a situation like this, public health absolutely must be prioritized above all else,” said Anthony Gutierrez, president of Common Cause Texas, a good-government advocacy group. “The concern in having a committee stacked with political donors and industry lobbyists is that they may allow corporate or political interests to trump what’s best for public health.”

Voting & Elections 04.14.2020

Texas Voting Rights Advocates Request Emergency Election Measures

“It’s time for the people in power in Texas to stop worrying about political considerations and just do the right thing to make sure no Texan is forced to choose between voting and endangering their lives,” according to Common Cause Executive Director Anthony Gutierrez.

Voting & Elections 04.1.2020

Texas Will Get at Least $11.2 Billion in COVID-19 Stimulus Money. Here’s Where the Funds Will Go

“The way to make that happen is to use these funds to implement online voter registration, expand vote by mail, extend early voting, recruit more election workers, and ensure all poll sites meet public health safety standards,” Gutierrez told the Houston Chronicle last week.

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