Campbell Denies Involvement in Early Voting Lawsuit
Texas Sen. Donna Campbell today denied any involvement in a lawsuit filed by prominent state Republicans challenging Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott’s decision to add six days to the early voting period in October.
Campbell, a Republican, is an emergency room physician who represents Canyon Lake and New Braunfels in Texas Senate District 25.
In a letter to attorney Jared Woodfill, who represents the plaintiffs, Campbell, whose name appeared as a party to the suit, said she never agreed to join this cause of action and disagrees with the basic construct of the matter.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Republican Party Chairman Allen West, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, Harris County Republican Party Chair Keith Nielsen, Houston conservative activist Steve Hotze and other members of the Texas legislature.
They argue that Abbott’s decision defies election law requiring early voting to start on the 17th day before an election.
In July, Abbott used emergency powers stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic to move up the start date for early voting to Oct. 13 from Oct. 19 and gave voters more time to submit mail-in ballots in person.
Woodfill said in a statement the Texas Constitution “is not a document that he consults at his convenience.”
“It is an uninterrupted charter of governmental structure that limits the Governor Abbott’s ability to act as a king,” he said.