U.S. Supreme Court

SCOTUS rejects request to allow all Texas voters to use mail-in ballots

  • Print.

gavel and ballot

Image from Shutterstock.com.

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an emergency application to allow all voters in Texas to use mail-in ballots.

The Supreme Court rejected a request Friday to reinstate an order by U.S. District Judge Fred Biery of San Antonio that allowed any Texas voter to vote by absentee ballot during the COVID-19 pandemic, report the New York Times and SCOTUSblog.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans had blocked Biery’s injunction allowing mail-in voting, saying the judge’s order “will be remembered more for audacity than legal reasoning.”

Texas allows voting by mail for voters who are age 65 or older, who have a disability, who will be absent during the election or who are incarcerated. Democrats had argued that discrimination based on age for mail-in ballots violates the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18.

In a statement, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she didn’t disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision to refrain from addressing the ballot issue in the context of the emergency application.

“But I hope that the Court of Appeals will consider the merits of the legal issues in this case well in advance of the November election,” she wrote.

Give us feedback, share a story tip or update, or report an error.