FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/07/2020
Vice Chairman Cortez and Texas House Members Request New Election Procedures From Governor Abbott
SAN ANTONIO -- State Representative Philip Cortez and over 40 members of the Texas House of Representatives sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott Tuesday requesting reforms to impact the upcoming July 14th runoff elections and November presidential elections.
These changes would include sending a mail ballot application to every registered voter, providing a prepaid returnable envelope with each application, and a prepaid returnable envelope with each mail ballot. Additionally, the changes would allow the opportunity online for voters to track their application and ballot through the process, and procuring safety supplies for early voting sites and Election Day polling places.
Representative Cortez issued the following statement:
"As Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Elections, I stand with my House colleagues to ensure every eligible voter in Texas has access to the ballot during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Implementing these policies for the upcoming runoffs as well as the November election will create voting procedures that are safe, secure, and accessible for every voter and poll worker. Texas voters should not have to make a decision between their health and the constitutional right to cast a ballot."
A recent federal stabilization package allocated approximately $24.4 million to Texas with a required 20% match by the state. These funds should be spent with the specific goal of helping prepare for and respond to the coronavirusís impact on Texas' elections. Representative Cortez is available for comment over the phone or in person at his district office.