Texas AG Paxton Appeals Houston Mail-In Balloting Issue


Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is appealing a state judge's decision to allow the Harris County clerk to send mail-in ballot applications to all registered voters in the county.

Paxton announced Saturday that he'd filed an appeal with the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston. Paxton is asking the court to prevent Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins from sending applications to all 2.4 million Houston-area voters.

Paxton argues that the mailing would be confusing because many who get that application may not legally qualify to vote-by-mail in November.

In a press release he added that "Texas law requires the clerk to send applications only to voters who specifically request them.”.Harris county has already sent out vote-by-mail applications to registered voters 65 and older. The county clerk tells the Houston Chronicle he's disappointed, but not surprised by the appeal.Paxton indicated in a press statement that he expects the court should rule by Monday.