U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Mail-In Voting For All Texas Voters During Pandemic

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R)Screengrab / KPRC 2 Click2Houston / YouTube

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Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) says fear of the virus is an insufficient reason for expanding mail-in balloting.

According to The Associated Press, the US Supreme Court on Friday “rejected a request by Texas Democrats to allow all of the state’s 16 million registered voters to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.”

  • The “denial is not the end of the ongoing battle over mail-in voting in Texas, but it remains a loss for Democrats who made the emergency ruling request while the original case is tied up at the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals,” the AP reported.
  • Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has “fought expanding mail-in balloting during the pandemic, saying fear of contracting the virus is an insufficient reason,” the report continued. “A federal judge in Texas sided with Democrats in May, but that decision is on hold pending appeal.”
  • Texas limits mail-in voting “to those 65 or older or those with a ‘sickness or physical condition’ that prevents voting in person.”

Shortly after the ruling, President Trump tweeted that the decision was “Big WIN.”

Early voting in Texas begins on Monday for primary runoff elections that had been postponed to July due to the pandemic. But Texas is now “one of the nation’s coronavirus hotspots as confirmed cases reach record levels and Gov. Greg Abbott (R) reimposes restrictions,” the AP wrote.

Read the full report here.

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