Judge says Texas mask mandate must extend to polling places

Judge says Texas mask mandate must extend to polling placesA federal judge ruled that Texas’ statewide mask mandate must include polling places, but election officials Wednesday did not rush to enforce the order that was handed down after more than 8 million people have already voted. U.S. District Judge Jason Pulliam, who was appointed last year by President Donald Trump, said not requiring face coverings in Texas polling places created a discriminatory burden on Black and Latino voters who are at higher risk of death and severe illness from the coronavirus. Texas is three weeks into early voting, but Pulliam said enforcing a mask order would not be disruptive.


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