President Donald Trump on Wednesday, May 27, claimed a “Big win in Texas” after the state Supreme Court ruled to block Democrats’ mail-in voting plan. 

The Texas Supreme Court sided with state Attorney General Ken Paxton, ruling that a lack of immunity to the CCP Virus (coronavirus) does not qualify a voter to apply for a mail-in ballot, according to Texas Tribune.  

“We agree with the state that a voter’s lack of immunity to COVID-19, without more, is not a ‘disability’ as defined by the Election Code,” the court wrote.

Texas voters can receive mail-in ballots only if they are over 65, in jail, have a disability or illness, or will be away from county during the election. The court indicated that it left voters to assess their own health and decide whether to “apply to vote by mail because of disability.”

The ruling came as Democrats have sought to expand mail-in voting for the November election. House Democrats have included $3.6 billion in election funding as part of the $3 trillion CCP Virus stimulus bill they rolled out this month. 

Democrats such as California Gov. Gavin Newsom have supported mail-in voting. Newsom has signed an executive order that will send every registered voter in the state a mail-in ballot for November’s election—the move was immediately challenged by the Republican National Committee and other Republican groups.

On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Elections Commission agreed to mail out 2.7 million absentee ballot applications in the state this fall. 

President Trump has strongly spoken out against the mail-in voting, suggesting that would be “substantially fraudulent” if used for the 2020 presidential election.

 A 2005 bipartisan report of the Commission on Federal Election Reform, chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker III, issued the same conclusion.

“Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud,” the report stated.

John R. Lott Jr., the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said his research at the University of Florida has found that voter turnout fell by about 8% to 12% after states adopted the secret ballot.

“Mail-in voting is a throwback to the dark old days of vote-buying and fraud,” he wrote. “Because of this, many countries don’t allow absentee ballots for citizens living in their country, including Norway and Mexico. Americans deserve a more trustworthy system.”

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