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U.S. District Judge Fred Biery on Monday ruled that all state voters regardless of age qualify for a mail-in ballot during the coronavirus pandemic. Biery determined that voters would face irreparable harm if existing age eligibility rules for voting by mail were to stay in place for elections held while the threat of coronavirus was still present. The ruling likely will be appealed.
In the order, Biery opened by citing the preamble to the Declaration of Independence and used it as a platform to clarify his thoughts on the Texas attorney general’s office’s fight to preserve “the integrity of its election.”
“There are some among us, who would if they could, nullify those aspirational ideas to return to the not so halcyon and not so thrilling days of yesteryear of the Divine Rights of Kings, trading our birthright as sovereign people for a modern mess of governing pottage in the hands of a few and forfeiting the vision of America as a shiny city upon a hill.”