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District judge blocks elimination of straight-ticket voting in Texas

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Posted at 9:40 AM, Sep 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-27 12:34:58-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A district judge has blocked the State of Texas from eliminating straight-ticket voting.

On Friday, the judge made the decision citing health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

Early voting is set to begin in a couple of weeks raising questions as to whether county election offices will be able to get voting machines ready and reprint ballots in time.

On Saturday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement that his office will a motion immediately to stop the judge's order and will file an appeal of the district court's ruling.

"I am disappointed that the Court departed from its prior reasoning. My office will file an immediate appeal of the district court’s ruling in order to defend the integrity of Texas’s electoral process and a practice used in 43 other states."

Advocacy groups like the Texas Reliance for Retired Americans caited the judge's decision a big win for democracy.