The state legislature voted in 2017 to do away with straight ticket voting in time for the 2020 election.
U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo wrote "By creating mass lines at the polls and increasing the amount of time voters are exposed to COVID-19, HB 25 will cause irreparable injury" to voters.
SMU political scientist Matthew Wilson says "so what we're seeing all over the country is these legal maneuvers back and forth between the parties
really arguing over how much things need to chance because of the pandemic versus how much the existing election authorities can run things as they have in the past."
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa wrote "Time and time again Republican leadership has tried to make it harder to vote and time and time again federal courts strike it down. Texas Democrats will have to continue to win at the ballot box to protect the right vote. Until the new Texas majority wipes out these out-of-touch Republicans, Texas Democrats will never stop fighting for Texans in court."
Wilson expects the ruling will be appealed.