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.”
Biden Backs Down, Apologizes: “I Was Much too Cavalier” With “You Ain’t Black” Comments
Biden had said that “you ain’t black” if you support Trump.
Former Vice President and Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden is backing down and apologizing for his outrageous comments on Charlamagne Tha God’s “The Breakfast Club” podcast, in which he stated that members of the black community who choose to support Donald Trump over himself “ain’t black.”
Biden had exploded at the radio host for skeptical questions related to his political record. “Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
The gaffe-prone Democrat was then promptly yanked away from the video segment by a handler, who appropriately suspected that the candidate had walked himself into a controversy.
Biden has now backed down and apologized for the racially charged claim, admitting he was “much too cavalier” on a phone call with the Black Chamber of Commerce.
“I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy. No one should have to vote for any party based on their race, their religion, their background.”
Black Republicans had slammed Biden for his seeming entitlement to the support of the black community. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott described the remarks as “taking the black community for granted-sadly par for the course for Democrats.”
Biden’s remarks could prove instrumental in leading many black voters to question their community’s longstanding support of the Democratic Party, which apparently sees itself as entitled to their votes. The first black Senators and Members of Congress were southern Republicans, who aligned themselves with the party’s founding figures of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant.
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