The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal has denied a bid by Texas Republicans to block Election Day drive-through voting in Harris County. In a terse order, the three-judge panel wrote: “It is ordered that appellants’ motion for injunctive relief to issue a preliminary injunction banning drive-thru voting on Election Day, November 3, 2020, is denied.”
No explanation was given. The move is yet another loss for Texas Republicans who had sought to challenge the legality of some 127,000 votes cast at drive-through voting sites in the Houston area.
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen threw out that suit, ruling the plaintiffs don’t have legal standing to sue. The Texas Supreme Court dismissed a similar challenge on Sunday.
Photo: Plaintiff and anti-LGBT activist Steve Hotze.
BREAKING: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (three judge panel) has refused to grant Republicans the emergency block to curbside voting in Harris County, Texas.
Drive-thru voting will proceed in Harris County today, but Republicans have closed all but on one drive-up location.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) November 3, 2020
State Republicans appealed the ruling to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals late Monday, amending their petition to ask solely for drive-thru voting to be blocked on Election Day while leaving the already-cast ballots alone.
The court denied the appeal https://t.co/3NeOGOR63k
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) November 3, 2020