The battle continues. Will Texans have universal mail-in voting for the presidential election in November? That is the question bouncing from court to court, most recently landing in the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court struck down a previous order from U.S. District Judge Fred Biery Thursday.
The latest court to hear the question was the Fifth U.S. Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans. Not only did the three judge court block Judge Biery’s order but the Fifth Circuit decision claims his ruling “will be remembered more for audacity than legal reasoning.” Ouch. Judge Biery is a Clinton appointee. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is pleased with the ruling.
“Allowing universal mail-in ballots, which are particularly vulnerable to fraud, would only lead to greater election fraud and disenfranchise lawful voters. The unanimous Fifth Circuit ruling puts a stop to this blatant violation of Texas law.”
.@TXAG Ken Paxton reacts to the #5COA stay of mail-in ballot expansion: “I applaud the Fifth Circuit for staying the federal court’s erroneous decision and preventing widespread mail-in balloting while the case proceeds." Full statement below: pic.twitter.com/EHByQi4Uhv— Taylor Goldenstein (@taygoldenstein) June 4, 2020
#Texas— PublicInterestLegal (@PILFoundation) June 5, 2020
“Allowing universal mail-in ballots, which are particularly vulnerable to fraud, would only lead to greater #ElectionFraud and disenfranchise lawful voters. The unanimous Fifth Circuit ruling puts a stop to this blatant violation of Texas law.”https://t.co/9iVBXiWdig
Texans cannot request mail-in ballots based on a fear of catching Covid-19 at the polls, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, the latest development in a high-stakes, fight over voting in the nation’s second-largest state https://t.co/jEex2Xi61V— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 4, 2020
Expansion of mail-in balloting in Texas remains on hold after an appeals court decision this morning. https://t.co/SzGDjjtI15— KWTX News 10 (@kwtx) June 4, 2020
Read the full Texas Democratic Party v. Abbott 5th Circuit opinion granting motion for stay below.