An appellate court in Texas blocked an attempt by the Democratic party to expand mail-in voting rights in the Lone Star State. Voters over 65 qualify for mail-in voting in Texas, but anyone younger can only vote by mail if they are away from the country, disabled or ill, or in jail but entitled to vote. A lower court previously sided with the Democratic party, which argues that the same mail-in voting rights should be granted to all Texans, regardless of their age.
- Democrats say the rule violates the 26th Amendment, which states that voting rights should not be denied on account of age.
- But a panel of appellate judges said that "conferring a privilege" to voters aged 65 and older does not alone violate the 26th Amendment.
- Democrats say they will challenge the decision at a lower court that still has to hear arguments pertaining to the case.
- It is unclear if the issue will be resolved before the election, since the deadline to request a mail-in ballot in Texas is Oct. 23.