For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Kristian Ramos, KristianR@mifamiliavota.com
MFV Praises Federal Court Ruling On Mail-In Ballots In Texas
We will continue fighting for a more inclusive democracy
Texas – Texas voters afraid of contracting the coronavirus can cast their ballots by mail in upcoming elections, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The decision came after individual voters and the Texas Democratic Party filed a suit last month arguing that the state’s denial of mail-in ballots during a pandemic was a violation of their constitutional rights.
Hector Sanchez Barba, Mi Familia Vota CEO and Executive Director released the following statement: “While we applaud this decision to allow mail-in ballot voting in Texas, make no mistake: any attempt to transition to voting by mail must be paired with aggressive community-based outreach. Protections are needed to avoid discriminatory voter challenges and purging, and to ensure that every eligible voter’s vote is counted, including newly-naturalized citizens and millions of young, first-time voters.”
“Latinos are a critical group of voters this election cycle, we are happy to see this ruling which will allow our people to vote safely in these upcoming elections,” said Angelica Razo, Mi Familia Vota Texas state director. We have much work to do between now and November preparing our community to vote by mail and ensuring that their votes are counted.”
Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.