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Sat Jun 27, 2020, 12:30 PM

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Texas Democrats' Effort to Expand Voting by Mail During Pandemic

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an initial bid by state Democrats to expand voting by mail to all Texas voters during the coronavirus pandemic.

Justice Samuel Alito — whose oversight of federal courts includes cases coming through Texas — on Friday issued the court's denial of the Texas Democratic Party’s request to let a federal district judge's order to expand mail-in voting take effect while the case is on appeal. U.S. District Judge Fred Biery ruled in May that Texas must allow all voters fearful of becoming infected at polling places to vote by mail even if they wouldn’t ordinarily qualify for mail-in ballots under state election law. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed Biery's order while Texas appeals his ruling.



The decision means the state’s strict rules to qualify for ballots that can be filled out at home will remain in place for the July 14 primary runoff election, for which early voting starts Monday. Under current law, mail-in ballots are available only if voters are 65 or older, cite a disability or illness, will be out of the county during the election period or are confined in jail.

https://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2020/06/27/us-supreme-court-rejects-texas-democrats-effort-to-expand-voting-by-mail-during-pandemic

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Reply U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Texas Democrats' Effort to Expand Voting by Mail During Pandemic (Original post)
douglas9 Jun 27 OP
PoindexterOglethorpe Jun 27 #1
onecaliberal Jun 27 #2
Coleman Jun 27 #3
FBaggins Jun 27 #4

Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Sat Jun 27, 2020, 12:34 PM

1. If I ever relocate to another state,

I think the first thing I'll check out is how easy they make it to vote. I will only move to one with good advance voting, and easy access to absentee ballot.

Not that you could pay me enough money to move to Texas.

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Sat Jun 27, 2020, 12:34 PM

2. Here we go. Suppress the vote to hold Texas.

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Response to onecaliberal (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 27, 2020, 12:41 PM

3. Answer these 2 questions

1. Does the denial of mail in ballots violate a federal law?
2. Does it violate The Constitution?

The answer to both is no.

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Response to Coleman (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 27, 2020, 12:52 PM

4. True... but more importantly...

The decision wasn’t on the merits. They just declined to force the lower court to implement the change before even hearing the appeal.

That’s a pretty high bar to meet. If only the D.C. circuit was as careful

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