The Escapees RV Club, the nation’s largest association of full-time RVers, has won a court battle – but not the war – in its ongoing effort to secure the right to vote for full-time RVers.
The victory resulted from a state district court case in Polk County, Texas, in which Precinct Commissioner Bob Willis was formally declared the winner of a November 2000 election. The election had been contested in a lawsuit filed by challenger, B.E. “Slim” Speights, who argued that votes cast by members of the Livingston, Texas-based Escapees were illegal.
Speights filed papers seeking to appeal the district court decision to the Texas Court of Appeals in Beaumont, Escapees CEO Cathie Carr reported.
Several thousand Escapees members receive their mail at the club’s Livingston headquarters, an RV park that many members use as their mailing address and home base. Many Escapees also participate in Polk County elections.
The voting rights of full-time RVers became a national issue in the November 2000 election when a handful of Polk County politicians challenged the rights of Escapees to vote on the premise that people who don’t live in fixed residences in a given district should not be eligible to vote in that district.
The Club has set up a legal defense fund to protect the rights of full-time RVers to vote. For more information on the defense fund, visit the Escapees’ website, www.escapees.com.