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Judge dismisses Republican effort to invalidate Texas drive-through ballots

And even though the court upheld drive-through voting, the confusion over the issue itself could disenfranchise voters, said Anthony Gutierrez – the executive director of Common Cause, a non-partisan organization dedicated to upholding democracy. He added that these challenges to voter accessibility can be successful in turning away new voters, even if the case is ultimately rejected.

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."


Common Cause Texas Looks to Bring Fairness to Redistricting

Five of the six Congress members representing Austin are Republicans, a striking revelation considering the city’s overwhelmingly liberal leanings (every City Council member is a Democrat, for example). That’s hardly an accident, says Anthony Gutierrez, executive director at Common Cause Texas, an organization dedicated to supporting free and fair elections. “Texas is one of the worst offenders when it comes to gerrymandering, and Austin is such a blatant example,” he says.

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.


Texas AG Appeals Court Ruling Rejecting Governor’s Limits on Absentee Ballot Drop-Off Sites

"Today's ruling is a relief to many Texans who qualify to vote absentee," Anthony Gutierrez, executive director of Common Cause Texas, said. "Most of these voters have disabilities and are elderly. With only one ballot return site per county, these voters would have faced challenges in travel that might have made it impossible for them to vote."

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.

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