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Cameron County to continue waiting on state high court decision for mail-in ballots

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Leading up the oral arguments in front of Texas’ highest court, Cameron County was one of the several counties interpreting the state’s election code to allow for an expanded mail-in ballot program during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Supreme Court ordered a stay late Friday, putting a temporary stop on mail-ballot requests. In another case – not directly involving Cameron County – a state judge ordered the easing of restrictions for voting by mail because of the pandemic. A lower court affirmed that decision last week.

However, Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office had already filed the suit against the five counties with the Supreme Court. Then late Tuesday, a federal court issued an injunction on the same issue.

The Texas AG asked the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for a stay on the federal court’s decision until the arguments are heard. That stay was granted Wednesday afternoon, delaying the voters’ requesting the ballots.

Paxton told CHANNEL 5 NEWS mail-in ballots are a major concern for his office, claiming two thirds are linked to election fraud cases.

However, records show since 2015, Paxton’s office has prosecuted approximately 130 mail-in ballots related election fraud cases. An average of four cases per election since he took office.

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