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Austin, TX, Release: August 21, 2020. For Immediate Release

Below is Chairman Allen West’s statement on Harris County’s ballot extension request:

“The Harris County Clerk, Chris Hollins, has sent a letter to Governor Abbott requesting an extension for the receipt of ballots for this November’s election. First of all, we should recognize the insidious conflict of interest for Mr. Hollins as he is also the treasurer of the Texas Democrat Party.

If anyone believes that Hollins’ appointment to this position, in the largest county in Texas, is not nefarious in nature, you are delusional. It was Mr. Hollins who pushed for an extension of early voting, which, sadly, was granted by Governor Abbott. We cannot allow this partisan hack, who fills a taxpayer-funded position, to continue to advance the left’s agenda which will result in election fraud by way of ballot harvesting.

Harris County, under the inept guidance of County Judge Lina Hidalgo, has already committed some $12M to mail-in ballots, quite different from absentee ballots. If the citizens of Harris County can stand in line at Walmart, Home Depot, and other places, surely they can do so on election day.

The Republican Party of Texas asks that Governor Abbott deny this absurd request by Harris County Clerk, Chris Hollins, and preclude the progressive socialist left from implementing their designs to undermine our democracy and election integrity.”

The entire GOP of Texas is concerned about maintaining the integrity of our elections and not allowing voter fraud to occur.