The all-Republican Texas Supreme Court has voted to not allow mail-in ballots this November. The court ruled that a lack of immunity to the coronavirus does not qualify one to apply for a special ballot. The Texas Tribune writes:
“In the latest twist in the legal fight over voting by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, the court agreed with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that the risk of contracting the virus alonedoes not meet the state’s qualifications for voting by mail.
“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,” the court wrote.“
But the court rejected Paxton’s request that would have prevented local officials from sending mail-in ballots to voters who claim a disability. In Texas, voters don’t need to say what the disability is in order to request a ballot. The Tribune writes:
“The voters simply check a box on the application form, and if their application is properly filled out, locals officials are supposed to send them a ballot. The state ultimately conceded that officials can’t reject those voters.“
The issue will likely be decided ultimately by the U.S. Supreme Court.