Court halts order requiring masks at Texas polling places
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal appeals court has suspended a judge’s order requiring people in Texas to wear face masks inside polling stations.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the U.S. District Judge Jason Pulliam’s order late Wednesday. Pulliam ruled this week that not requiring face coverings inside Texas polling places created a discriminatory burden on Black and Latino voters, who face higher risks of death and severe illness from the coronavirus.
Texas elections administrators had expected Pulliam’s ruling to be put on hold and did not begin enforcing it.
Texas has had a statewide mask mandate since July, but Republican Gov. Greg Abbott carved out an exception for polling places.
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