The Texas Supreme Court vacated a Third Court of Appeals decision removing three Green Party candidates from the ballot and ordered a halt to the Harris County Clerk’s plan to mail absentee ballot applications to all registered voters.

In the Green Party suit, the Court directed the Secretary of State to “immediately take all necessary actions to ensure these candidates appear” on the ballot.

U.S. Senate nominee David Collins, RRC nominee Kat Gruene and CD21 nominee Tom Wakely were ruled ineligible because they did not pay newly required filing fees that historically applied only to candidates nominated in primary elections, ostensibly to pay for the costs of those elections. The Fourteenth Court of Appeals recently ruled upheld the fees. A federal challenge is awaiting a bench trial.

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