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Posted on: August 19, 2020

Bexar County DA requests AG opinion about prosecuting officials who disenfranchise voters

Bexar County District Attorney Joe D. Gonzales is requesting a legal opinion from the Texas Attorney General in order to better define the scope of his authority related to the prosecution of federal officials who intentionally disenfranchise Texas voters.

The request was sent to AG Ken Paxton today. It specifically asks the Attorney General to clarify the scope of the authority of a Criminal District Attorney to prosecute a federal official who knowingly violates the Texas Election Code, preventing Texas voters – particularly those age 65 or older – from exercising their constitutionally-protected right to vote by mail.

Local media reports show mail sorting equipment has already been removed from Bexar County post offices, forcing the painfully slow process of hand-sorting mail.

“If Bexar County residents cannot rely on the USPS to deliver things like medication or pay bills on time, how can they be certain their ballots will be received, let alone counted?” Gonzales said. “While Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has routinely focused on virtually non-existent voter fraud, I am more concerned with what appears to be an effort to keep lawful voters from any party from being able to have their mail-in votes tallied without the federal government standing in the way.”

Click here for the full request for opinion.

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