The Texas Supreme Court turned down a petition by a group of Republicans to invalidate more than 120,000 drive-through votes in Harris County.
The court did not issue an opinion in its rejection. The ruling marks the second time last month that the entire Republican State Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to block drive-through voting in Harris County, a largely Democratic area that includes Houston.
The petition is one of a series of Republican voting challenges across the country. President Donald Trump has repeatedly touted baseless allegations of electoral fraud, including voting by mail and Dropbox in what some have dubbed the largest voter suppression attempt in US history – and Republicans have followed suit.
Conservative Steven Hotze, Rep. Steve Toth, Congressional candidate Wendell Champion, and Justice candidate Sharon Hemphill spoke out against the drive-thru method.
According to the Texas Tribune, Harris County tested the drive-through method during the main drain in July. The method was little controversial, and as a result, the county set up 10 pass-through locations for the presidential election to make it easier for people concerned about the coronavirus pandemic to vote early. Voters drive up and, after their registrations and identifications have been confirmed by the election officials, receive an electronic tablet through their car window to cast ballot papers.
The Harris County Clerk office argued that its transit locations were separate polling stations that were different from the attached roadside locations and were therefore available to all voters. The Texas Foreign Minister also approved the method.
Just two days before election day. US District Judge Andrew Hanen, who pledged to hear the case on Friday, also dismissed the GOP argument on Monday, according to The Hill. According to CNN, Hanen questioned the fact that if he voided the votes, voters would not have time to vote in person.
"A lot of people would say," Gee, if I had known there was a question to vote, I would have parked my car and gone to the polls, "Hanen said, according to CNN.
Texas, which normally opposes Republicans, has a significant chance of flipping that election and Republicans are scared. According to USA Today, around 57% of registered voters in the state began voting early on Saturday, shattering previous voter turnout records with a day before the vote.
Almost 10 million (9.6 million) Texans have already voted, a 47% increase over the number of early voters in the 2016 election. Approximately 735,000 more people voted in Texas earlier this year than in the entire 2016 presidential election, including on Election day.