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Senin, 02 November 2020

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Texans are allowed to keep voting at drive-throughs, but the judge is wary

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A federal judge has rejected another last-ditch Republican effort to invalidate nearly 127,000 votes in Houston that were cast at drive-through polling centres.

The lawsuit was brought by conservative activists and Republicans in Harris County, where a record 1.4 million early votes have already been cast.

Texas is one of the five states that did not allow for widespread mail-in voting this year. They instead expanded early voting by a week, and Harris County set up 10 drive-through polling stations for voters to use.

US District Judge Andrew Hanen threw out the bid to invalidate those votes, saying that those who opposed drive-through centres should have filed sooner.

  

But he still expressed doubts about whether Texas law allows anyone to vote from their car, even during a pandemic.

  

"If I were voting tomorrow, I would not vote in a drive-thru just out of my concern as to whether that’s legal or not," Judge Hanen said.

Former Harris County Republican chairman Jared Woodfill said he would immediately appeal the decision, accusing Harris County officials of using their office to help Democratic Party win. 

"If Harris County goes against Trump in large enough numbers, then we could lose Texas. And if Trump loses Texas then we lose the national election," he said after the ruling.

"As far as I'm concerned this is ground zero."

  

Another 20,000 or so voters are expected to use drive-through polling centres on Tuesday, according to the Harris County Clerk. 

  

Texas already surpass 2016's total votes even before Tuesday's election. 

  

More than 9.7 million people have cast early ballots in Texas, more than the total number of votes cast in 2016. The state typically ranks among the lowest turnout in the country.

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