They say the only sure things in life are death and taxes, Democrats suing should be added to the list.
On Friday, Governor Greg Abbott moved statewide run-off elections to July. The move had been anticipated and was telegraphed earlier in the day by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick on the Mark Davis radio show.
Ahead of the announcement, as we reported last week, Democrats had been maneuvering behind the scenes to keep the runoff in May but expand voting by mail to everyone in the state.
Conservative election integrity advocates warned against capitulating to Democrat demand to expand voting by mail on the basis that 1) it’s prone to fraud, 2) potentially unnecessary and 3) logistically impossible.
On that last count, there was agreement among both conservative and liberal political observers.
Democrats began calling for 100% mail-in ballotting a week before Abbott’s announcement. As soon as the rumors began to circulate, a few things happened.
The media worked to midwife pressure on Abbott, Republican lawmakers sent up trial balloons, and conservatives predicted Democrats would sue one way or another.
When it became clear Abbott would not be playing ball, Democrats filed the suit. If Abbott had expanded the runoffs to universal mail-in but not the general election, Democrats would have sued. See how this works?
In addition to the fact that Texans will have to emerge from their homes by June to have a functioning civilization, data about the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus suggests that open spaces are not ideal circumstances for spread.
“If you have a COVID-19 patient in your household, your risk of developing the infection is about 10%….If you were casually exposed to the virus in the workplace (e.g., you were not locked up in conference room for six hours with someone who was infected [like a hospital]), your chance of infection is about 0.5%”Dr. Paul Auwaerter, the Clinical Director for the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
The majority of viral infections come from prolonged exposures in confined spaces with other infected individuals. If this weren’t the case, grocery stores would be closed.
The lawsuit seeks to expand balloting by mail beyond what is allowed by Texas law. Texas laws should not be rewritten by activist jurists in Travis and Bexar county.
Texas Democrats are abusing the legal system to gain an advantage in the 2020 election that their candidates and ideas are incapable of delivering.
Which again brings us to the bailiwick, fear of lawsuits from Democrats should not drive legislative decision making.
This election cycle has proven that whatever the actions of the majority party, Democrats are going to go lawsuit-happy, no matter what.
Instead of moving public policy in a positive direction, the 2019 session was stagnant on important issues and in particular on election integrity. The next session can not be a repeat.
In the fog of war, it could have been tempting to cave and expand balloting by mail but that would be missing the forest for the trees.
Governor Abbott made the right call to move the primary to July and leave balloting by mail alone.