As the official recount in HD105 gets underway, the Texas Democratic Party has filed a new lawsuit in federal court to require that so-called "emphasis votes" be counted.
The Texas Democratic Party filed a federal voting-rights lawsuit against Dallas County elections officials, accusing them of violating federal laws by not counting certain votes from electronic voting machines in the recount.
"Win or lose, this has always been about protecting Texans' votes," state Democratic Party chairman Boyd Richie said in a prepared statement. "We need to make absolutely sure that every legal vote is counted, as anything less amounts to disenfranchisement and cannot be allowed to stand."
Republicans accused their counterparts of manipulative legal maneuvering.
"Their motivation is not to have valid votes counted," said Wade Emmert, a Republican attorney. "Their motivation is to take away the voice of those who have already voted."
In the federal suit, Democrats ask for a temporary restraining order that would require county elections officials to count for each candidate the straight-party votes on electronic voting machines not tallied during the initial count. As an alternative, the lawsuit asks a federal court to void the Nov. 4 results and order a new election for the seat, which has statewide political ramifications.