A State of Texas Appeals Court has determined that an expanded mail-in voting ruling which allows for anyone to vote by mail is the wish to do so must be followed.
At this point in time, the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston Texas has sided with the Texas Democratic Party in assuring that a vote by mail order remain, for now.
The ruling came down on a 2 to 1 vote on an order issued in April by
Travis County District Judge Tim Sulak in response to COVID-19 health concerns
This order has definitely met resistance from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who has argued that the order must be set aside while he seeks to overturn it on appeal.
The 14th Court of Appeals has determined that the order does meet parameters and must be followed while this appeal continues.
Chad Dunn an Attorney for the Texas Democratic Party stated that the 14th Court of Appeals has moved to protect the health of all voters during this Pandemic.
“Eligible voters can vote by mail during this pandemic. It is time for a few state officers to stop trying to force people to expose themselves to COVID-19 in order to vote, ” said Dunn.
Before this order, state law only allowed for individuals of 65 years and older and people with disabilities to request and vote by mail.
Judge Sulak had determined that fear of being infected by the COVID-19 Virus was not defined as a disability. However, the lack of immunity to COVID-19 meets the state law’s definition of disability.
This order now allows for vote-by-mail to be available to all voters.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is expected to continue his bid to stop this order from continuing through.
Locally, there are over 30,000 registered voters that will now have the ability to request a mail in ballot and cast their vote in the upcoming run-off election which has at least three local races being contested.