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Texas judge says he doesn’t expect a quick ruling on GOP efforts to eliminate 2022 election losses near Houston


HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas judge presiding over Republicans’ widespread challenges to losses in the 2022 election around Houston said Thursday he doesn’t expect a quick decision following a trial in which no GOP voters did not come forward to testify that he was unable to vote due to ballot shortages or delayed ballot openings last November.

More than 20 Republican-contested races are all in Harris County, the third-largest county in the United States, which is controlled by Democrats and has in recent years become a recurring target of new Texas voting rules and restrictions enacted by GOP lawmakers.

During the two-week trial, attorneys for the losing Republican candidates relied heavily on theories generated by their party members instead of voter testimony or election law expert analysis, according to the Houston Chronicle. .

State District Judge David Peeples said after closing arguments on Thursday that he does not expect to issue a decision for weeks.

The first lawsuit to go to trial was filed by Republican Erin Lunceford, who was running to become a local judge and lost by more than 2,700 out of more than a million votes. At the heart of the challenge launched by Lunceford and other losing GOP candidates, the limited lack of paper ballots and the delayed opening of polls in some locations on Election Day last fall turned voters away.

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Lawyers for Democrat Tamika Craft, who beat Lunceford, argued the lawsuit was part of a Harris County Republican Party ‘master plan’ to challenge the election results and disenfranchise thousands of voters.

Similar legal challenges have become more common across the country following baseless conspiracy theories circulated by former President Donald Trump and his supporters alleging the 2020 presidential election was stolen by supporters of President Joe Biden. .

Harris County has nearly 5 million residents, most of whom are Hispanic or black. It was controlled by Republicans until 2018, and two years later Biden won Texas’ largest county by 13 points.

County elections have come under scrutiny in recent elections over issues such as long lines, voter shortages, and ballots that weren’t counted on Election Day. the election.

In 2021, election legislation introduced by Texas lawmakers in the state’s GOP-majority State House prompted a 93-day strike by Democratic state officials. Upon their return, Texas Republicans passed several laws based on legal challenges the state previously filed against Harris County in the 2020 election cycle, including banning drive-thru voting and creating new requirements for postal voting.

The changes ultimately led to protests by suffrage advocates over fair accessibility to the ballot boxes and the rejection of more than 23,000 ballots in the first statewide primary election since the changes. took place.


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