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Texas locked in battle over whether to expand mail-in voting

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Texas is locked in a battle over whether to expand mail-in voting. Supporters of it say this can increase turnout amid the pandemic, while opponents say it could lead to fraud.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in San Antonio ruled Texas must give all 16 million registered voters the option of voting by mail during the pandemic. That ruling was put on hold by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals less than 24 hours later, siding with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. He filed an appeal, citing the potential for fraud, and that the law does not allow anyone to qualify for a mail-in ballot over fears of contracting the virus.

Seth McKee, an associate professor of political science at Texas Tech, said voting by mail can make it easier to commit fraud.

"For the simple fact that, you know, nobody's seeing someone in their home, if they like to fill it out there, have someone else do it for them," McKee said. "We know that there's cases where this has happened."

However, he also said it is "extremely unlikely" we will see widespread fraud in voting by mail.

"Has it happened? Sure, it's happened, but as a general rule, there's just such little incentive for people to do this," he said. "In most places, it's a felony. It's just wrongheaded."

If fraud does occur, he said it is usually coordinated between political elites or someone associated with the campaign. 

In Texas, you must be 65 or older, have a disability, be out of town on election day, or in jail, but otherwise eligible to qualify for a mail-in ballot, according to the Texas Secretary of State's website.

"Right now, the fight is well what if you have some sort of chronic condition or something that makes you more susceptible to contracting the virus," McKee said. "So, the big fight in Texas and other states that don't have liberal vote by mail laws on the books is should this be a reasonable exemption."

Texas will hold primary runoff elections July 14.



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