Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R) petitioned the Texas Supreme Court to compel the early voting clerks of Cameron, Dallas, El Paso, Harris and Travis Cos. to reject requests for a ballot by mail “based solely on the generalized risk of contracting a virus.”

District Judge Tim Sulak (D) ruled in April that Travis Co. Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir could not reject an application filed on the basis of COVID-19. He determined it was “reasonable to conclude that voting in person while the virus that causes COVID-19 is still in general circulation presents a likelihood of injuring [voters’] health, and any voters without established immunity meet the plain language definition of disability.” Paxton appealed that ruling to the Fourteenth Court of Appeals. Briefs are due in that case by May 29.

“Each misapplication of Texas election law damages the integrity of our elections and increases the risk of voter fraud,” Paxton said in a statement. “In-person voting is the surest way to prevent voter fraud and guarantee that every voter is who they claim to be and has a fair opportunity to cast their vote.”

SD14 special: Six candidates filed for the July 14 special election for SD14.

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