clearn.png
Sunday July 12th, 2020 3:15AM

Supreme Court doesn't wade into Texas mail-in voting battle

By The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request by Texas Democrats to allow all of the state's 16 million registered voters to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

The denial is not the end of the ongoing battle over mail-in voting in Texas, but it remains a loss for Democrats who made the emergency ruling request while the original case is tied up at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor urged the lower court to consider the case “well in advance of the November election." Voting by mail in Texas is generally limited to those 65 or older or those with a “sickness or physical condition” that prevents voting in person.

For months, Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has fought expanding mail-in balloting during the pandemic, saying fear of contracting the virus is an insufficient reason. A federal judge in Texas sided with Democrats in May, but that decision is on hold pending appeal.

Early voting in Texas begins Monday for primary runoff elections that had been postponed to July over coronavirus fears, but Texas is now one of the nation's coronavirus hotspots as confirmed cases reach record levels and Gov. Greg Abbott reimposes restrictions.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Supreme Court News
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Plan advances to allow dismantling Minneapolis Police Dept.
The Minneapolis City Council has unanimously advanced a plan that could one day do away with the city’s police department, following unrest over the killing of George Floyd
6:39PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Democrats renew health care attacks on GOP as virus builds
Democrats are intensifying their attacks on President Donald Trump and his Republican allies over health care
6:35PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Coronavirus task force briefs — but not at White House
The White House coronavirus task force has briefed the public for the first time since late April — this time without President Donald Trump or the presidential podium
6:31PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Appeals court: Trump wrongly diverted $2.5B for border wall
A federal appeals court has ruled against the Trump administration in its transfer of military money to build sections of the U.S. border wall with Mexico
5:56PM ( 56 minutes ago )
Democrats fail to override Trump veto on student loan policy
House Democrats have failed to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a measure that would have reversed the Education Department’s tough policy on loan forgiveness for students misled by for-profit colleges
5:00PM ( 1 hour ago )
House adopts bill to make DC 51st state; Senate GOP opposes
The Democratic-controlled House has approved a bill to make the District of Columbia the 51st state
3:21PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Election-year retirement unlikely
The last time a Supreme Court justice announced his retirement in a presidential election year, most of the current justices were too young to vote
11:00AM ( 7 hours ago )
Justices rule for Trump administration in deportation case
The Supreme Court has ruled that the Trump administration can deport some people seeking asylum without allowing them to make their case to a federal judge
11:03AM ( 1 day ago )
Senate approves 200th federal judge nominated by Trump
The Senate has approved the nomination of a Mississippi judge to a federal appeals court
5:52PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Online Supreme Court News
Plan advances to allow dismantling Minneapolis Police Dept.
The Minneapolis City Council has unanimously advanced a plan that could one day do away with the city’s police department, following unrest over the killing of George Floyd
6:39PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Democrats renew health care attacks on GOP as virus builds
Democrats are intensifying their attacks on President Donald Trump and his Republican allies over health care
6:35PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Coronavirus task force briefs — but not at White House
The White House coronavirus task force has briefed the public for the first time since late April — this time without President Donald Trump or the presidential podium
6:31PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Isolate on arrival: NYC region is latest to try quarantine
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are the latest states to enact 14-day traveler quarantines to try to check the spread of the coronavirus
6:31PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Trump tweets wanted poster related to statue-removal attempt
President Donald says on Twitter that he has signed a “strong” executive order to protect monuments, memorials and statues
6:26PM ( 26 minutes ago )