Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“I vehemently disagree with the 5th Circuit Court stay that was issued today. We find ourselves in the midst of a once-in-a-century pandemic. Voters who are rightfully worried about the safety of in-person voting should have the option to vote by mail. The Constitution prohibits divvying up our rights by our age, gender, or race, and the Fifth Circuit decision of today would allow voters of a certain age different voting rights than the rest of us.
“It is truly reprehensible that Republicans, from Donald Trump to Texas’ indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton, seek to use this pandemic for political gain. Their desperate fight to allow one group of voters to vote by mail while excluding most of the rest of us is yet another Republican initiated tear at the fabric of our democracy.
“Judges are obviously disagreeing with one another about this important issue. Ultimately, we’re going to need direction from the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Our constitutional right to vote is the most fundamental tenet of our democracy. The Texas Democratic Party will never give up the fight to ensure every eligible Texan has the ability to safely cast their vote if they so choose.”