As Christians, and as Texans, we believe everyone is created “imago Dei” – in the image of God, with equal dignity and worth. And in Texas, equal dignity and worth applies to the voting booth.
Right now, Texas Republicans are suing to throw out 100,000 votes in Harris County, claiming that drive-in voting that followed previously established rules is somehow improper.
100,000 Texans who followed the rules, made a plan, and exercised their constitutional right to vote.
Drive-in voting was announced in June. It was used during the primary runoff. In August, following a series of public hearings, it was confirmed as part of the plan for the November election. No one had any objections to the ballots cast then.
Not until mid-October on the day that early vote started, did Texas Republicans sue in state court trying to create confusion. The Texas Supreme Court rejected that effort and allowed drive through voting pursuant to the established rules to move forward.
Now, after 100,000 people have relied on these rules and voted at these sites, Texas Republicans are claiming that voters who have done exactly what they were told to do should have their votes disqualified. It’s wrong, plain and simple.
If Judge Hanen rules against these 100,000 Texans the day before Election Day, he will be disenfranchising them from this election and denying their dignity and worth. Period.
As Texans of faith, we call on these and all votes to be counted. Because it matters in the eyes of our state, our country, and our God.