Texas Supreme Court: COVID-19 can’t be used as an excuse to vote absentee

Wednesday’s decision ”is a recipe for disaster,” Rick Hasen, an election law expert at UC-Irvine, wrote at Slate. “It will lead Paxton to publicize the argument that lack of immunity and fear of getting the disease is not a valid excuse to vote by mail, and that anyone who advises someone else to claim disability to vote by mail is engaged in a criminal conspiracy to commit voter fraud,” Hasen said, warning of the possibility “for Paxton to frighten possibly qualifying voters into not voting, or to go after those who do.”