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Supreme Court Denies Expanded Mail-In Voting In Texas

The Supreme Court just stuck a monkey wrench in the plans of Democrats and their scheme to rig the 2020 presidential election.

On Friday the court denied the request by Texas Democrats to expand mail-in voting due to the coronavirus pandemic, CNN reported.

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton praised the decision as he did not believe the Democrat’s coronavirus argument.

“I applaud the Supreme Court for following the law and refusing to order mail-in balloting that the Texas Legislature has forbidden. Universal mail-in ballots, which are notoriously vulnerable to fraud, would only lead to greater election fraud and disenfranchise lawful voters,” he said.

“State election officials have many options available to safely and securely hold elections without risking widespread fraud. My office will continue to fight for safe, free and fair elections,” he said.

Democrats have said that citizens should not have to choose between their health and their right to vote, but their argument does not make any sense.

If people are allowed to congregate at stores to purchase their groceries, and if thousands are allowed to protest and march, why would the Democrats have such an issue with in person voting?

“There is no constitutional right to vote by mail,” Texas Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins said in his brief, CNBC reported.

A federal district court sided with the Democrats in late May and held that all Texas voters were eligible to apply to vote by mail, but that decision was quickly put on hold by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals pending further consideration.

The Supreme Court declined to disturb the 5th Circuit’s order, leaving it in place. 

Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in a statement on Friday that she did not disagree with the move, though she expressed hope that the 5th Circuit “will consider the merits of the legal issues in this case well in advance of the November election.” 

Sotomayor said the Democrats’ case “raises weighty but seemingly novel questions regarding the 26th Amendment.”

The 26th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits states from denying the right to vote to any U.S. citizen 18 and older. 

The case was brought by Texas Democrats and Democrat voters younger than 65 as they argued that the pandemic presents unique challenges.

“There are millions of voters in Texas under the age of sixty-five who would be eligible to obtain a no-excuse vote-by-mail ballot,” their attorney said.

They said that the global pandemic “which grows worse by the day in Texas” is going to mean that some voters cannot vote “without risk to their health and — without hyperbole — to their lives.”

“If granting the right to cast mail-in ballots on the basis of race violates the 15th Amendment — and of course it does — then it follows inescapably that granting that right on the basis of age violates the 26th,” they argued, The New York Times reported.

“So long as a state has permitted voting through other means, which Texas has,” Paxton said, “the right to vote is not implicated.”

There is no evidence that mail-in voting is going to be secure on a grand scale and, last week, two elected Democrats were arrested in New Jersey and charged with voter fraud for tampering with mail-in votes.

Having mail-in voting on a nationwide scale could be chaos for the 2020 presidential election.