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Texas Democratic Party v. Hughs

Case Information

Date Filed: March 25, 2020
State: Texas
Issue: Improper Election Administration
Current Court: Texas Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit (Case 14-20-00358-CV)


Plaintiffs are asking for a relaxing of the vote by mail requirements to allow any eligible voter, regardles of age and physical condition, to request, receive and have counted, a mail-in ballot if they believe they should practice social distancing. 


Plaintiffs' original petition and application for temporary injunction 3/20/20. Notice of interluctory appeal 4/17/20.

Travis County Court Documents

  • Initial Pleadings pdf file (3/20/20)
  • Intervenor-Plaintiffs' Response In Opposition To Defendant's Counter-Petition To Align Early Voting Periods pdf file (4/14/20)
  • Objections To Declarations pdf file (4/14/20)
  • Unsigned Proposed Order pdf file (4/14/20)
  • Defendant's Notice To Correct Exhibit 1 To Counter-Petition pdf file (4/14/20)
  • Corrected Exhibit Filing And Response To State's Objection To Declarations pdf file (4/15/20)
  • Plaintiffs' and Intervenor-Plaintiffs' Joint Response To Intervenor-Defendant's Objections To Proposed Order pdf file (4/16/20)
  • Defendants' Objections To Plaintiffs' Proposed Order pdf file (4/16/20)
  • Order Modifying Certain Early Voting Procedures pdf file (4/16/20)
  • Order On Application For Temporary Injunction And Plea To The Jurisdiction pdf file (4/17/20)
  • Court Of Appeals For The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit

  • Notice Of Interluctory Appeal pdf file (4/17/20)
  • Request For Posting Of The Appellate Record By Political Scientist As Amicus Curiae pdf file (5/7/20)
  • Appellant’s Brief For The State Of Texas pdf file (5/11/20)
  • Intervenor-Appellant’s Response To Appellees Plaintiffs’ And Intervenor-Plaintiffs’ Verified Motion For Emergency Relief pdf file (5/11/20)
  • Reply In Support Of Appellees, Plaintiffs’ And Intervenor-Plaintiffs’ Verified Motion For Emergency Relief pdf file (5/11/20)
  • Amicus Letter of The Communications Workers of America pdf file (5/11/20)
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