9 of 10 Harris Co. drive-thru voting locations closed today

On Sunday, the Texas Supreme Court rejected a request by several conservative Republican activists and candidates to preemptively throw out early balloting from drive-thru polling sites in Harris County. At stake were over nearly 127,000 votes already cast in the state's most populous, and largely Democratic, county.

The plaintiffs argued that the drive-thru program was an expansion of curbside voting, and under state election law should only be available for voters with disabilities. The all-Republican court denied the request without an order or opinion, as justices did last month in a similar lawsuit brought by some of the same plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs are pursuing a similar lawsuit in federal court, hoping to get the votes thrown out by arguing that drive-thru voting violates the U.S. Constitution.


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