US Appeals Court Temporarily Blocks Universal Mail-In Balloting

Chris Fox
June 04, 2020 - 3:55 pm

TEXAS (1080 KRLD)- A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Thursday unanimously decided to grant the state’s motion to stay the preliminary injunction pending their appeal of a lawsuit brought forth by the Texas Democratic Party. This temporarily blocks a lower court decision that would have allowed all Texans to vote by mail during the pandemic.

Attorney General Ken Paxton commended the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for its decision blocking the federal district court in San Antonio’s order, which allowed anyone in Texas to vote by mail using protections specifically created to aid those with an actual disability or illness.   

“I applaud the Fifth Circuit for staying the federal court’s erroneous decision and preventing widespread mail-in balloting while the case proceeds. Allowing universal mail-in ballots, which are particularly vulnerable to fraud, would only lead to greater election fraud and disenfranchise lawful voters,” said Attorney General Paxton. “The unanimous Fifth Circuit ruling puts a stop to this blatant violation of Texas law.”  

An official with the Texas Democratic Party says they’re likely to appeal the decision to the US Supreme Court.