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Texans request to vote by mail; U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear request

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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an initial bid by state Democrats to expand voting by mail to all Texas voters during the coronavirus pandemic.

Following the request, Justice Samuel Alito  whose oversight of federal courts includes cases coming through Texas  on Friday issued the court’s denial of the Texas Democratic Party’s request to let a federal district judge’s order to expand mail-in voting take effect while the case is on appeal.

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U.S. District Judge Fred Biery ruled in May that Texas must allow all voters fearful of becoming infected at polling places to vote by mail even if they wouldn’t ordinarily qualify for mail-in ballots under state election law. The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals stayed Biery’s order while Texas appeals his ruling.

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