Texas League of Women voters wants expanded voting by mail

Published: Apr. 7, 2020 at 6:06 PM CDT
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The League of Women Voters of Texas is asking state election officials to expand voting by mail this next election cycle, in light of the threat of COVID-19.

Last week, the group filed a petition against the state, arguing that the coronavirus threat constitutes a “disability” for voters.

Texas law allows registered voters to mail in their ballots if they have a condition that could further hurt their health if they went to the polls.

“Voters desperately need the court to provide legal clarity that our state law permits all registered voters to vote by mail in light of this global pandemic,” the president of the League of Women Voters, Grace Chimene said in a press release.

She went on to say that the group believes that counties must act now to approve applications for mail-in balloting, since “the need to balance public safety with administrative efficiency cannot be underestimated.”

On Thursday, Texas’ secretary of state issued an advisory, granting several requests made by league, including defining a disability to include “A sickness or physical condition that prevents the voter from appearing at the polling place on election day without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or of injuring the voter's health.”

In that same advisory, the Governor postponed the elections that were to be held May 2 by rescheduling then on November 3rd.

The May 26th primary runoff election has been pushed back to July 14.