The litigation has already begun the in 2020 election, and we haven’t even gotten anywhere near to done counting ballots. In fact, we’re still two days away from election day itself.
The electoral college, being the mystifying and likely-antiquated institution that it is, has allowed from statisticians and the politicians they serve to carve up our nation like a prized Wagyu steer. They know the ins and outs of every district they think that they can win, and their work continues 24/7, burrowing ever-deeper into specificity as we approach the election.
With this knowledge comes a little bit of clairvoyance in terms of voter demographics, and it allows the politicos of the nation to dispatch lawyers to trouble areas before they even become troublesome.
This sort of time-honored tradition has led to a legal loss for Republicans in the Lone Star State.
The Texas Supreme Court on Sunday rejected, without comment, a bid by three Republican candidates and a GOP activist to toss out almost 127,000 votes cast from drive-thru lanes in the emerging Democratic stronghold of Harris County.
The votes, however, are not yet safe to count as part of the early voting tally Tuesday.
A federal judge will hold an emergency hearing Monday morning — less than 21 hours before polls open on Election Day — to hear arguments on a similar challenge filed by the same group of Republicans, who say that state law prohibits drive-thru voting, so every vote cast from cars during the early voting period should be tossed out as illegal.
At the same hearing, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen will weigh a request by Democratic organizations and the party’s U.S. Senate candidate, MJ Hegar, to join the case in defense of drive-thru voting — and the 126,911 votes cast that way.
Texas has been a hotly contested piece of real estate in this election, and the state’s citizens have broken every early-voting record that Téjas has ever seen.
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