5th Circuit continues stay on Texas vote-by-mail expansion due to COVID-19

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June 04, 2020 - 4:53 pm
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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- An expansion of voting-by-mail in Texas in the wake of the coronavirus continues to remain on hold, with a new ruling from a federal appeals court.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans continued its stay of a lower court's injunction Thursday. That lower court ruling would have opened the door for 16 million registered voters across the state to cast ballots by mail.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded the ruling in a statement. "I applaud the Fifth Circuit for staying the federal court’s erroneous decision and preventing widespread mail-in balloting while the case proceeds. Allowing universal mail-in ballots, which are particularly vulnerable to fraud, would only lead to greater election fraud and disenfranchise lawful voters," Paxton said. "The unanimous Fifth Circuit ruling puts a stop to this blatant violation of Texas law."

The state's primary runoff elections are set for July 14, with early voting set to begin on June 29.

Last month, the Texas Supreme Court ruled against Democrats' efforts in state courts, ruling that the coronavirus does not meet the definition of a "disability" under state law.

Ultimately, the fight is expected to make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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