CNN: Texas Supreme Court blocks vote-by-mail expansion to those lacking immunity to the coronavirus
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A push to expand vote-by-mail due to COVID-19 has been denied by the Texas Supreme Court:
The Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a push to expand vote-by-mail to registered voters in the state amid the pandemic, saying that a lack of immunity to the coronavirus does not count as a "disability" for which a voter can apply for a mail-in ballot.
Apparently, the ruling is because COVID-19 is not written as a disability in the election code:
"We agree with the State that a voter's lack of immunity to COVID-19, without more, is not a 'disability' as defined by the Election Code. But the State acknowledges that election officials have no responsibility to question or investigate a ballot application that is valid on its face," the opinion delivered by Chief Justice Nathan Hecht said.
The ruling also comes from the most conservative state in the country, where mail in ballots are considered an increased risk of "voter-fraud".
The decision comes as voting becomes a flashpoint in the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats have pushed for additional access to mail-in voting as Americans are increasingly nervous about going to the polls in person. States that held in-person primaries during the initial weeks of the outbreak saw drastically reduced voter turnout. But Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have resisted those calls due to fears over voter fraud.
Republicans know that when more people vote, they lose. #CorruptTrump
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