City of Houston Mayor's Office of Communications 

Mayor's Press Release

Mayor Turner's Statement in Support of the Harris County Elections Administrator

August 15, 2023 -- Earlier today, A Travis County judge temporarily blocked a new state law abolishing the Harris County Election Administrator's Office from going into effect Sept. 1.  The mayor believes this is a good first step. Please attribute the following statement to Mayor Sylvester Turner.

“This decision proves the Texas Constitution still matters. More than half of Texas counties have election administrators – including Bexar, Tarrant, Dallas, and Collin Counties. Senate Bill 1750 was written to only target Harris County.

Rather than working to make sure that elections run smoothly, leaders in Austin have focused on divisive restrictions that have no basis in fact. Recent court proceedings here in Harris County have denied the submission of exhibits into evidence because of their false conclusions. The Legislature used those same documents to support the passage of these election restrictions.

We must base the rules we have for elections on provable facts and increased access.

Striking down Senate Bill 1750 – passed based on evidence deemed inadmissible in court – is a good first step.”