Texas Supreme Court Blocks Mail-In Expansion To All Voters
The Texas Supreme Court issued a ruling blocking the expansion of mail-in voting to all voters, even in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, according to Axios.
- The ruling was made on the grounds that “lack of immunity to COVID-19” doesn’t qualify a voter for a mail-in ballot because it isn’t “a ‘disability’ as defined by the Election Code.”
- President Trump applauded the decision, tweeting, "Big win in Texas on the dangerous Mail In Voting Scam!"
- The Texas Democratic party issued a statement that unless there is intervention by the federal government:
"voters will have to either risk standing in line and contracting the coronavirus or they'll risk prosecution" by the state attorney general "for simply requesting a mail-in-ballot."
A lower court in Texas ruled that absentee voting could be expanded to all Texans in the July elections.
- President Trump and other key conservatives have been working against the attempts to introduce early voting options because of the pandemic.
The expansion to more voting options, even in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, appears to continue to be a hot-button partisan issue.