Texas Democratic Party asks Supreme Court to hear its case on mail-in voting


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Democractic Party says current Texas law violates the 26th Amendment of the Constitution and wants to improve access to mail-in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chad Dunn, the party’s attorney, said they’ve filed two documents with the country’s court in order to overturn a ruling by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that denied people claiming the fear of contracting COVID-19 as a disability and requesting a mail-in ballot during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Texas Democratic Party wants the Supreme Court to lift the stay placed by the Fifth Circuit immediately, and it wants the Supreme Court to consider the case on a longer timeframe, KXAN’s John Engel reports.

U.S. District Judge Fred Biery agreed with the Texas Democratic Party in May and issued a judgment to allow broader access to mail-in ballots, but that decision was quickly put on hold by the Texas Supreme Court after it issued a stay at the request of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

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