Texas sues Harris County to stop it from sending all voters applications for mail-in ballots

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Harris County previously announced it planned to send applications for mail-in ballots to every registered voter in the county, prompting objections from the Texas secretary of state. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

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Acting at the request of the secretary of state, the Texas attorney general on Monday sued Harris County after it refused to drop plans to send applications for mail-in ballots for the November general election to more than 2 million registered voters.

Attorney General Ken Paxton is asking a state district court to bar Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins from proactively providing the applications to every registered voter in the county, alleging Hollins does not have the authority under state law to carry out the plan.