Though much of the nation has been distracted by the ongoing protests, Democrats haven’t stopped pushing mail-in voting schemes for the 2020 elections, an alarming trend that Donald Trump has been pushing back against for weeks.
However, a federal appeals court just handed Trump — and the GOP — a major win last week by blocking a district judge’s ruling forcing Texas to allow all residents to vote by mail.
The original ruling cited concerns about coronavirus in attempting to force the state to allow universal mail-in voting for the upcoming election, arguing that a lack of immunity to the virus constituted a “disability,” thus granting all residents of the state the right to vote from home.
However, The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected the argument, stating in the decision that “it is a crime to encourage voters to indicate that they are disabled merely because they lack immunity.”
The court continued:
In an order that will be remembered more for audacity than legal reasoning, the district judge intervenes just weeks before an election, entering a sweeping preliminary injunction that requires state officials … to distribute mail-in ballots to any eligible voter who wants one.
The court slammed U.S. District Judge Fred Biery, saying that his ruling in favor of the Democrat demands for expanded mail-in voting “resolves to take matters into his own hands,” pointing out that the threat of COVID-19 does not grant federal judges “a roving commission to rewrite state election codes.”
Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton celebrated the decision, saying that “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.”
Of course, Democrats will not stop here. Texas Democrat party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa, the lead plaintiff in the original lawsuit, said that the case might need “direction from the United States Supreme Court.”