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