SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt has sent a letter to the Texas Supreme Court weighing in on the legal battle over applications for mail-in ballots. He’s siding with Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins, who announced plans late last month to send vote-by-mail applications to more than 2 million registered voters.
“It’s always been my impression that the more people who vote, the stronger our democracy will be,” Butt wrote in a letter to the State Supreme Court.
After getting sued by the Texas Attorney General Monday, Hollins decided to scale back his plan, and instead, send mail-in ballot applications only to registered voters 65 and older, who automatically qualify to vote by mail.
“Clerk Hollins’s efforts to make absentee ballots widely available trusts voters, protecting those who are vulnerable from unnecessary exposure in this new Covid world in which we’re living,” wrote Butt. “Based on our experience at H-E-B, many people, including those of all ages, are nervous about contracting the virus.”
Bexar County also is getting ready to send applications to all registered voters 65 and older. These are not ballots. You would have to fill out the form, send it back to the Bexar County Elections Department, and if you’re eligible, you’ll be mailed a ballot for the Nov. 3 election.