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Texas Democratic Party files lawsuit to protect vote-by-mail access

The lawsuit was filed against the Texas Secretary of State and Travis County Elections in the Travis County District Court.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: The attached video is about a separate lawsuit regarding mobile voting.

On Friday, the Texas Democratic Party filed a lawsuit to allow voters threatened by the coronavirus to cast their ballot from home.

According to a press release by the Texas Democratic Party, it is requesting a declaratory judgment that allows all eligible voters who believe their health is in danger under the threat of COVID-19, the ability to cast their ballot by mail.

The lawsuit was filed against the Texas Secretary of State and Travis County Elections in the Travis County District Court.

"The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy, and we must do everything we can to protect and expand that right," said Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa.

"We must do everything we can to guarantee access to the ballot box for individuals practicing social distancing and self-quarantining," said Hinojosa.

In his statement, Hinojosa said that current laws allow those with disabilities in to vote-by-mail in Texas, and the same rule should apply to the public now due to health risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

"This lawsuit will allow any person who does not want to risk their health or that of their family’s during this coronavirus pandemic to vote by mail," said Hinojosa. “No Texan should have to worry about risking their health in order to exercise their right to vote. We must act before it's too late."

The full lawsuit can be found online.

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