Trump Wins Major Victory as Texas Supreme Court Blocks Expansion of Vote-by-Mail
Major blow to the Democrats in their campaign to push for mail-in voting
The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that those having a lack of immunity to the coronavirus does not qualify as a physical disability, blocking the expansion of the right to vote by mail.
Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, along with six other justices, ruled that contracting a disease is not a physical condition or disability, and if the criteria were expanded, the disability category would be rendered useless, the Houston Chronicle reported.
In a major blow to the Democrats in their campaign to push for mail-in voting, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued against the notion that catching COVID-19 is a disability warranting a mail-in ballot.
The Texas Democratic Party had been advocating expanded mail-in voting and had won cases in lower courts.
Meanwhile, several expanded mail-in voting cases are playing out with an appeals court currently considering whether to stay an order from a district judge allowing those without virus immunity to vote by mail.
The Dallas Morning News reported that the legal batter is expected to carry on to the primary runoff election scheduled for July 14.
President Trump responded to the news on Twitter:
“Big win in Texas on the dangerous Mail-In Voting Scam!”
Texas Supreme Court: Lack of immunity to COVID-19 alone not enough to vote by mail https://t.co/rAZVRF4nkj Big win in Texas on the dangerous Mail In Voting Scam!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
The President has heavily criticized the Democrat's push to expand mail-in voting via the argument that polling places are too dangerous due to the coronavirus outbreak.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the to include $3.6 billion of funding into their coronavirus relief package proposal, arguing that voting by mail is “more democratic.”
'Missing' South Carolina Mail-In Ballots Turn Up in Maryland— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) May 23, 2020
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“Standing in those lines, for that amount of time, going to places that are enclosed, is dangerous to your health," Pelosi said.
Republicans are now suing Pelosi for defying the U.S. Constitution by pushing proxy voting to usher in nationwide vote-by-mail.
The lawsuit against Speaker Pelosi was filed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Tuesday evening.
The move is an attempt to block the House of Representatives from allowing lawmakers to vote on behalf of up to ten other members of Congress as a designated proxy voter.
Almost two dozen Republican members of Congress have signed on as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, in addition to McCarthy.