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Texas judge rules for mail-in voting during COVID-19 pandemic
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Texas judge rules for mail-in voting during COVID-19 pandemic

Judge Tim Sulak, a Travis County District Court judge in Texas, ruled Wednesday that Texas voters could mail in their votes during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The hearing, which took place on Zoom, concluded with a ruling that Texas voters could vote by mail in the upcoming July and November elections. The application for mail-in voting is generally tied a citizen’s age or disability status. Texas election law typically only allows those with a disability to vote via mail service.

Sulak interpreted the word disability to apply those who were afraid of contracting COVID-19. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton disagreed with the ruling, stating that the mail-in rule should be based upon a diagnosed disability. The attorney general said, “Mail ballots based on disability are specifically reserved for those who are physically ill and cannot vote in-person as a result. Fear of contracting COVID-19 does not amount to a sickness or physical condition as required by the Legislature.”

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