Texas AG: No Absentee Ballots For Those Fearing Virus

The Washington Post reports:

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the state’s highest court on Wednesday to stop election officials from allowing voters to cast absentee ballots while citing fears of the coronavirus.

In a filing with the Texas Supreme Court, Paxton argued that officials in five counties overstepped their authority by recommending that voters who are concerned about contracting covid-19 at polling locations use the state’s “disability” excuse to obtain an absentee ballot.

“Each misapplication of Texas election law damages the integrity of our elections and increases the risk of voter fraud,” Paxton said in a written statement.