A federal judge is mandating that Texas provide a mail-in ballot option for every voter in the state, citing the threat of the coronavirus pandemic to radically expand the electoral practice. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is vowing to appeal U.S. District Judge Fred Biery’s ruling, which came in response to a suit filed by the Texas Democratic Party.
Election integrity advocates have warned of the use of pervasive, novel mail-in voting programs, arguing that the introduction of such a nationwide practice would represent a nightmare scenario for voter fraud.
Biery’s ruling, which was issued Tuesday, requires the state to make a mail-in ballot available to anyone who “seeks to vote by mail to avoid transmission of the virus.” Currently, mail-in voting in Texas is largely limited to those 65 or older or those with a “sickness or physical condition” that prevents voting in person, in effect making the most vulnerable and at-risk populations in the state already eligible for mail-in voting.
Attorney General Paxton was quick to announce his appeal of the ruling, stating that the mandated mail-in voting “ignores the evidence and disregards well-established law.” Biery claims that other state’s mail-in-voting programs are free of fraud and abuse(despite prolific evidence for the widespread practice of ballot harvesting), although it’s hard to imagine how mail-in voting is going to be implemented in secure fashion when forced upon state and county officials by a single judge.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has confirmed that he expects the mail-in ballot lawsuit to end up at the Supreme Court. “Here’s the important deal, and that is we want people to vote based upon our current laws,” he said in response to the ruling. “We want them to be able to vote safely, and we want to do so in the way that does the most to reduce any potential fraud.”
SLEEPY: Joe Biden Campaign Team Pulls Joe from Daily Activities at 8:35AM, Months Before Election
Joe Biden’s press relations teams announced a “lid” to the traveling press pool at 8:34 EST on Saturday, surprising some observers with the announcement that the Democratic candidate would not make any public appearances on a Saturday merely seven weeks before the November presidential election.
Biden is taking it easy for the day at his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Biden campaign has called a lid at 8:35am, per pool. So we won’t see Joe Biden today.
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) September 19, 2020
After facing skepticism for the decision from some of the traveling press, a Biden campaign operative made it seem as if the off-day was some sort of calculated plan.
.@edokeefe reports the Biden move to lay low may seem “odd or misguided”, but his team disagrees.
A senior aide said, “We’ve been through some high-pressure times before and we’re always deliberate about how we respond…People will question our tactics and we’ll do our thing.”
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) September 19, 2020
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is holding a packed rally in North Carolina, preceded by White House meetings and pressers with reporters.
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) September 19, 2020
“There have been 29 times a vacancy opened during an election year… every single time, the sitting president made a nomination.” pic.twitter.com/TbX2qw6uU7
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) September 19, 2020
Biden has surprised even friendly corporate media reporters covering his campaign with his amount of ‘off-days,’ consistently declining to actively campaign for the Presidency as the nation approaches the election.
The former Vice President appeared later than he usually does in public Friday night, reading from a prepared statement mourning the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Perhaps the “late night” (it was only about 9PM local time) appearance in public derailed Biden’s plans for possible campaign stops the next day. It’s relatively unprecedented for a major party presidential candidate to simply decline to campaign seven weeks before an election in the modern era of campaigns and elections.
Joe Biden reads from a statement in response to the news that Justice Ginsburg, 87, has died. pic.twitter.com/XZTWqOjlxn
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 19, 2020
Biden doesn’t even really have the energy to campaign. How is he going to govern as President?
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