(DailyVantage.com) – The Texas Supreme Court (Tex. Sup. Ct.) has ruled that Harris County must abolish its elections office following a newly enacted law from the state legislature. Previously, District Judge Karin Crump ruled that the Texas election law was unconstitutional. However, the law, which will take effect on Sept. 1, now allows Republicans to prevent further mismanagement of elections in Harris County. Almost two dozen Republican candidates have filed lawsuits against the county, alleging illegal vote casting and problems with election management.
Democrats don’t believe the Republican attacks against Harris County are in good faith and believe that the law, while not naming the county, is specifically tailored to hurt Democratic campaigns. On MSNBC, Democratic Congressman Collin Allred asserted that the law violates the Texas constitution and causes chaos to undermine the rapid growth Democrats appeal to, which he believes Republicans aren’t campaigning for. Allred is running for Senate against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz in 2024. In a matchup against Cruz, according to FiveThirtyEight aggregates, Cruz leads Allred by about 5-7%. However, in both polls from the University of Texas at Tyler and the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation, both candidates hold less than 50%, with 42% to 37% and 47% to 40%, respectively.
Ahead of the 2024 elections, the Cook Political Report rates the state as likely Republican. However, Texas’ potential shift toward the Democratic Party has been noticeable at the state level, especially in 2018, when Cruz won by only 2 points. The growing competitiveness is why Democrats assert this is a Republican effort to suppress votes.
Notably, Texas has political party affiliations in the judiciary, showing that the Texas Supreme Court is currently under Republican control. Republicans appealed Judge Crump’s ruling to the Supreme Court because they believed the higher court would give them a favorable ruling. Despite this, the judicial branch of government maintains its independence outside of legislative and executive affairs, which are further subject to politicization and lack a formal decision-making framework.
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