Appeals court blocks another election order, this time face masks at polls

AUSTIN, Texas — When it comes to blocking judge-ordered changes to election laws and procedures during the pandemic, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has relied on his ace in the hole — a federal appeals court heavy with Republican-nominated judges.Late Wednesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals again served as a reliable backstop, temporarily blocking enforcement of a lower’s court ruling that required everybody in a Texas polling place to wear a face covering.That informal stay will give the appeals court time to weigh Paxton’s main request — an order blocking the face mask requiremen…

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