On Wednesday, the GOP-dominated Supreme Court of Texas ruled that voters cannot claim risk of coronavirus infection as a "disability" under Texas' absentee ballot eligibility law.
The decision triggered outrage immediately on social media, with some commenters noting that the justices themselves issued this decision remotely to keep themselves safe. Others noted that four of the justices themselves are up for re-election, and thus their own candidacies stand to be affected by the ruling.
The Texas Supreme Court has ruled against those who would like to cast mail-in ballots in order to avoid having to… https://t.co/KMe4Y2oek0— Steve Vladeck (@Steve Vladeck) 1590619842.0
This is so insane: Texas’s all-Republican state Supreme Court says voters cannot use fear of coronavirus as a reaso… https://t.co/HhiRJYzFZl— Ari Berman (@Ari Berman) 1590618842.0
This is nuts, but it is the Texas Supreme Court. That is why @RedistrictFdn continues to support litigation in Fed… https://t.co/Cf9DdKxVza— Marc E. Elias (@Marc E. Elias) 1590618873.0
Reminder: Texas was one of the states impacted by the Supreme Court gutting the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County… https://t.co/imD6CQPOQf— Darlene McDonald (@Darlene McDonald) 1590620795.0
Texas' all-Republican Supreme Court is ignoring the statute and committing an act of brazen and corrupt partisan ju… https://t.co/6G4dd1DWAN— Julie Oliver (@Julie Oliver) 1590620885.0
They took this vote remotely, by the way. While one of the justices literally *has* coronavirus. https://t.co/FIH7Qjl0Zs— Julie Oliver (@Julie Oliver) 1590620886.0
Reminder that 4 members of the Texas Supreme Court are up for election and would rather hold on to their own power… https://t.co/PYlHjMUrXQ— Alexandra (@Alexandra) 1590619165.0