LULAC Declares Victory In Texas Vote By Mail Lawsuit
Nation’s Oldest & Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Applauds Court Order Allowing All Texas Voters to Vote by Mail During COVID-19 Pandemic
Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American (LULAC) and the Campaign Legal Center filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas last week, challenging the state’s restrictions on mail-in ballots. The case was argued by Chad Dunn, who filed suit against Texas on behalf of the Texas Democratic Party. The current law restricts access to mail-in voting to a specific group of voters, including those over the age of 65, imposing unconstitutional and illegal burdens on most voters in the midst of a global pandemic.
LULAC National President Domingo Garcia issued the following statement:
“It is in times of national crisis where our constitution is tested, and the coronavirus pandemic is no exception. Today’s ruling means no American in Texas will have to decide between their health or civic duty to vote. Today’s ruling proves that only allowing specific groups of voters to vote by mail in a deadly pandemic is a clear violation of the 26th Amendment’s protections against voting discrimination based on age.”
LULAC CEO Sindy Benavides issued the following statement:
“Today LULAC upheld its mission to protect the civil rights of Hispanics. No state has a right to choose which demographic groups can vote by mail, safely and out of harm’s way, and which citizens must sacrifice their health to cast a ballot. LULAC looks forward to having this case heard in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. We know constitutional law is on our side.”
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/