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How To Build A Voting Plan For Election Day

On this Election Eve, our panel of voting experts help create your “checklist” for the polls. Plus, we have breaking news on a federal court judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit contesting drive-thru voting in Harris County.

Volunteer election poll worker Cecilia Chaboudy-Dow joins demonstrators as they stand across the street from the federal courthouse in Houston, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, before a hearing in federal court involving drive-thru ballots cast in Harris County. The lawsuit was brought by conservative Texas activists, who have railed against expanded voting access in Harris County, in an effort to invalidate nearly 127,000 votes in Houston because the ballots were cast at drive-thru polling centers established during the pandemic.

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A lot of conversation in the last 48 hours before Election Day has been about voter suppression.

Today, Federal Court Judge Andrew Hanen held a hearing on the lawsuit challenging the legality of drive-thru voting, which aimed to invalidate the 127,000 votes cast through Harris County's 10 drive-thru voting locations.

Just before the airing of this episode, Judge Hanon ruled to dismiss the lawsuit.

Jay Aiyer, Assistant County Attorney working in elections for the Harris County Attorney's office, explains the case and announces the breaking news.

Drive-thru voting is different from curbside voting, which was not part of the challenge.

Then, we discuss how to build a voting plan and answer listeners' voting questions in preparation for Election Day. Our panel of voting experts includes Daniel Meza, Community Engagement Manager of BakerRipley, MaryJane Mudd, president of the League of Women Voters of Houston, and Roxanne Werner, director of community relations for the Harris County Clerk’s Office.

This episode is part of our series on voting (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8 and part 9).

Voter information and resources:

Transportation to the polls:

  • Metro offers free rides to all all Election Day polling locations.
  • Lyft is offering 50% off (up to $10) on Election Day with code ‘2020VOTE’.

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