Elections offices expecting more mail-in ballots following court’s ruling

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BROWNSVILLE — Cameron County Elections Officials expect more mail-in ballots as voters prepare for the July and November elections.

Thursday, the 14th Court of Appeals of Texas allowed state District Judge Tim Sulak’s ruling stand.

His ruling gives voters the chance to request a mail-in ballot during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ruling essentially broadens the Texas election code on disability qualifications.

“So there’s some question regarding whether the COVID-19 pandemic would allow individuals to declare a disability because they lacked immunity and so by preventing it would prevent them from going to the polling places be there they would be afraid of infection,” said Cameron County Election Administrator Remi Garza.

Attorney General Ken Paxton disagrees in the broadening of the Texas election code amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Probably no greater area that we see, where we see voter fraud that mail-in ballots. There’s just too many ways that it can be taken advantage of taking advantage,” said Paxton on a conference call with Texas Republicans.

AG Paxton also argued disability in the election code and person’s fear of contracting the virus is not equal or meet the state’s standard.

For updates on elections and qualification contact your local elections office.

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