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August 16, 2023
Harris County Seeks Emergency Order From Texas Supreme Court Over Election Law

Houston, Texas – Harris County filed a motion in the Texas Supreme Court seeking an emergency order to temporarily block Senate Bill 1750—which abolishes the Harris County Elections Administrator’s Office—from going into effect. This filing comes after the Attorney General of Texas appealed a similar order issued by the Travis County District Court yesterday. 

“Senate Bill 1750 violates the Texas Constitution because it abolishes the elections administrator's office in only Harris County and will never apply to another county. The law is set to go into effect in two weeks—we need the Texas Supreme Court to step in and protect the constitution,” said Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee. “This is a rare instance where nearly everyone involved agrees that we need the Texas Supreme Court to tell us whether a law violates the constitution. Harris County, our elections administrator, our Democratic elected officials, and our local Republican Party are all asking for an answer to the same question. I hope the Texas Supreme Court tells us whether this law is constitutional.”  

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About the Harris County Attorney's Office

Christian D. Menefee serves as the elected, top civil lawyer for Texas’ largest county. The Harris County Attorney’s Office represents the county in all civil matters including lawsuits. Menefee leads an office of 250 attorneys and staff members. He entered office at 32 years old, making him the youngest person and first African American elected as the Harris County Attorney.