Resource: Gloria v. Hughs

By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project

October 15, 2020

Plaintiffs (a group of individual voters) sued the Texas Secretary of State claiming that denying the right to vote on account of age (by only making vote by mail without excuse available to for those at least 65 years old) violates the 26th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The complaint further stressed the negative impact of such an age requirement on voter turnout due to (i) lack of voting information and reliable transportation for voters aged 18-29 generally as compared to older voters; (ii) Texas' past history of long voting lines; and (iii) the COVID-19 pandemic, but did not make any claims on such bases.