AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Wednesday commended the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for granting a temporary administrative stay blocking a lower court decision to allow Texans to vote by mail due to the pandemic.
“I applaud the Fifth Circuit for issuing this temporary stay while the case proceeds. Protecting the integrity of elections is one of my top priorities, and allowing universal mail-in ballots would only lead to greater fraud and disenfranchise lawful voters,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Law established by the Legislature must be followed consistently, including carefully limiting who may and may not vote by mail.”
The decision isn’t a total victory for the Attorney General. The Court has requested a 3 PM response from the Democrats, who filed the lawsuit. This means the Fifth Circuit could still lift the stay.
On Tuesday US District Judge Fred Biery ruled in favor of the Democrats writing in his decision that “Citizens should have the option to choose voting by letter carrier versus voting with disease carriers.” Texas Democrats so far have scored victories in a Travis County Court, on appeal, and in Federal court.