A federal judge ruled that Texas must allow all voters to vote absentee without an excuse during the coronavirus pandemic

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Texas must allow all voters to cast absentee ballots without an excuse in its upcoming elections for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Texas Democratic Party filed a lawsuit arguing Texas only allowing voters aged 65 and above to request an absentee ballot without an excuse violates the 26th amendment protections against age discrimination in voting. District Court Judge Fred Biery of the Western District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction against the state, siding with the plaintiffs in striking down the age waiver during the duration of the pandemic.

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