Appeals court blocks order requiring straight-ticket voting in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal appeals court on Monday temporarily blocked a recent lower-court order that required Texas election officials to make straight-ticket voting available for the Nov. 3 election.U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo of Laredo had ruled that a state law banning straight-ticket voting, which took effect Sept. 1, would require voters to spend much more time filling out their ballots, leading to longer lines at polling places that would endanger voters during a deadly pandemic.“The longer voters stand in line, the greater the risk that they contract COVID-19. Texans al…

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