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U.S. judge in to decide if drive-through votes already cast should be voided in Texas

   Sunday November 1, 2020 - 5:59 AM
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U.S. judge in to decide if drive-through votes already cast should be voided in Texas
Federal U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Houston, on Friday scheduled an emergency hearing for Monday on whether Houston officials unlawfully allowed drive-through voting and should toss out more than 100,000 votes in the Democratic-leaning area.

The judge agreed to hear arguments by a Republican state legislator and others that votes already made at drive-through voting sites in the Houston, Texas area should be rejected.

The lawsuit was brought on by republicans on Wednesday by Steve Hotze, a republican conservative activist, and state Representative Steve Toth accusing Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins, a Democrat, of exceeding his constitutional authority by allowing drive-through voting as an alternative to walk-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.

Harris County, home to about 4.7 million people, is the third most populous county in the United States. It currently has 10 drive-through polling sites, which are available to all voters.