“But I didn’t come here to wave a white flag,” Cornyn continued in his video segment. “I believe President Trump will win Texas, win the election and continue to lead America back into an era of prosperity and growth. Why? Because he has me. And because he has you. And our Texas delegates don’t want to just win. They want to win big.”
He touted his role during the Trump era as “one of the leaders in confirming 200 highly qualified and highly respected constitutional conservative judges, including two Supreme Court justices. Mark my words President Trump’s impact on our federal judiciary will be his greatest and most long lasting legacy. We’ve also passed the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, USMCA, a huge economic boon for the state of Texas and for America. We’ve also reformed our broken tax code, and enabled Texas’s families and small businesses to keep more of what they earn.
“We have to keep the Senate majority in order to defend and build on the successes,” he said.
In a 68-page ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio found that Texas continues to violate the federal National Voter Registration Act by not allowing residents to register to vote when they update their driver’s license information online.
Garcia found that DPS is “legally obligated” to allow voters to simultaneously register to vote with every license renewal or change-of-address application, and ordered the state to set up a “fully operable” online system by Sept. 23. The Texas attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the state is likely to appeal the ruling.
It's the second time Garcia has sided with the voter, former English professor Jarrod Stringer. Garcia's first ruling was overturned on appeal on a technicality.
Until now, the fight over voting by mail in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic has focused on which voters are eligible to cast an absentee ballot. Now, the battle has progressed to an argument between the state and its most populous county over who can even receive the form to apply for a mail-in ballot.
In a letter dated Aug. 27, Keith Ingram, director of elections for the Texas secretary of state, told Harris County to “immediately halt” its plans to send every registered voter in the county an application for a mail-in ballot for the general election. Ingram demanded the county drop its plan by Monday to avoid legal action by the Texas attorney general.
Sending out the applications “would be contrary to our office’s guidance on this issue and an abuse of voters’ rights under Texas Election Code Section 31.005,” Ingram wrote, citing a provision of state law that gives the secretary of state’s office power to take such action to “protect the voting rights” of Texans from “abuse” by local officials responsible for administering elections.