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Trump-appointed judge: Mask exemptions at poll sites discriminate against Black and Latino voters

Law&Crime, Oct. 28, 2020

October 28, 2020

Trump-appointed judge: Mask exemptions at poll sites discriminate against Black and Latino voters

Professor Rick Hasen of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, a prominent election expert, predicted that [Texas Gov. Greg] Abbott could find some success if he pursues an appeal. “It is a creative and interesting application of the Voting Rights Act, finding that the greater risk of COVID in African-American and Latino communities justifies a requirement that people wear masks when voting,” Hasen told Law&Crime. “I am not sure if it will stand on appeal, especially with the order coming so close to the election.”