Appeals Court Stops Dems Bid To Expand Mail-In Voting In Critical 2020 State
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The Democrat Party and the Biden campaign were just dealt another blow in their quest to steal the 2020 presidential election.
A federal appeals court has blocked the Democrats' attempt to expand mail-in voting in the state of Texas, a decision that could have placed the traditionally Republican state in jeopardy.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit blocked the Democrats’ attempt to expand mail-in voting in the Lone Star State after the Texas Democratic Party challenged the state’s age restrictions for voting by mail.
Texas Democrats challenged the state’s rules on voting by mail, which require those under the age of 65 to meet another eligibility requirement to qualify. Those 65 and older automatically qualify, as do those who are disabled, out of the county on both Election Day and “during the period for early voting by personal appearance,” and “confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.”
Democrats made the case, albeit unconvincingly, that the rules would violate the voting rights of young people who want to vote but who are frightened to vote in person during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We hold, based on the meaning of the word ‘abridged,’ that the right to vote under the Twenty-Sixth Amendment is not abridged unless the challenged law creates a barrier to voting that makes it more difficult for the challenger to exercise her right to vote relative to the status quo, or unless the status quo itself is unconstitutional. Thus, conferring a privilege on one category of voters does not alone violate the Twenty-Sixth Amendment,” the panel of judges ruled.
In his dissent, U.S. Circuit Judge Carl Stewart, who was outvoted, said that the rules are unfair to younger people who do not want to vote in person during the pandemic.
“This unequal treatment is discriminatory in normal times and dangerous in the time of a global pandemic,” he said. “Though all individuals can seemingly vote in person, those without the opportunity to vote by mail have less opportunity to participate than others.”
But, in their typical fashion, the Democrats have vowed to continue to fight this in court.
“The Texas Democratic Party will continue to fight in the district court for every Texan to have an equal right to vote, regardless of their age,” Gilberto Hinojosa, the Party chairman, said.
The state’s Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton celebrated the decision after he successfully defended the state in the lawsuit.
“We will continue to protect the integrity of Texas elections and uphold the rule of law,” the attorney general said.
Paxton’s concerns about mail-in voting are similar to the concerns expressed by United States Attorney General Bill Barr in September.
"This is playing with fire," he said to CNN host Wolf Blitzer about changing the voting rules before the election. "We're a very closely divided country here, and people have to have confidence in the legitimacy of the government, and people trying to change the rules to this methodology, which as a matter of logic is very open to fraud and coercion, is reckless and dangerous, and people are playing with fire."