Houston Protesters Rally as Texas Top Court Denies GOP Suit to Stop Drive-Thru Votes

The Supreme Court of Texas denied a Republican effort to render more than 120,000 votes in Harris County invalid because they were cast by drive-thru.

The court made the ruling without comment on Sunday, ahead of a Federal hearing tomorrow. Harris County incorporates the Houston metropolitan area, is home to about 4.7 million people and has a Democratic mayor.

The Republican activists’ case argues that drive-thru voting is an illegal extension of curbside voting, which is meant for people who are sick or have a physical disability. Harris County implemented it to limit the spread of Covid-19 during the election. After years of being solidly Republican, Texas is now considered a toss-up state by some polls, putting its 38 electoral college votes in play.

“Drive-thru voting is a safe, secure, and convenient way to vote,” Harris County’s clerk said on Twitter Sunday. “Texas Election Code allows it, and the Secretary of State approved it.”

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