Texas AG To Appeal Ruling That Expands Vote-By-Mail

The Dallas Morning News reports:

A state judge said Wednesday afternoon that all voters in Texas afraid of contracting COVID-19 through in-person voting should be allowed to vote by mail during the pandemic. State District Judge Tim Sulak said he will issue a temporary injunction allowing voters who fear catching the new coronavirus to qualify for mail-in voting through the disability clause in the state’s election code.

The suit was filed by the Texas Democratic Party and voting rights groups who are concerned that voters could catch the virus if access to mail ballots is not expanded. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he was “disappointed” that the court had “ignored the plain text of the Texas election code to allow perfectly healthy voters to take advantage of special protections made available to Texans with actual illness or disabilities.” Paxton is expected to appeal the court’s decision.