The Texas Supreme Court decided 9-0 this week that fear of getting COVID-19 isn't a disability under the Texas Election Code and therefore not a reason for getting an absentee ballot. But that's not stopping the state party Democrats from pressing their case in the federal courts.
They're claiming that allowing people 65 or older to get an absentee ballot is age discrimination and violates the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A federal lower court judge in San Antonio agreed with their argument.
Now, the Texas election code only allows voting by mail for three reasons: If you're out of the county during an election, disabled, or 65 or older. If one strikes the latter as being unconstitutional because it's age discrimination then it would follow that nobody could get a mail ballot because of their age.
That would eliminate over 95 percent of the absentee ballots we handle in Galveston County.
Do the state party Democrats really want to disenfranchise about 7,000 elderly voters in our county?
The headline in the paper might read “Democrats move to disenfranchise elderly voters.” They should consider the unintended consequences of their desire to expand voting by mail.
Former chief deputy clerk for elections in Galveston County