- Texas governor Dan Patrick, against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, opposed attempts to expand the state's postal voting system, arguing that people under the age of 65 have no reason to be afraid to vote personally.
- Patrick claimed that Democrats would take the "greatest fraud ever" opportunity to commit election fraud and that expansion would destroy the United States.
- Democrats and supporters of voting rights have supported the expansion of voting before November, as health professionals warn of a possible second wave in the fall and winter.
- A federal judge ruled this week that Texas must allow everyone to vote in the mail, although an appeals court temporarily blocked the verdict.
- President Donald Trump has also rejected measures to increase postal voting, threatening to withhold federal funds from states that have expanded their postal voting programs.
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Texas governor Dan Patrick criticized Friday's efforts to expand the state's postal ballot, calling it "Democrat fraud" to steal the November election.
"There's no reason – capital N, capital O – no reason why anyone under 65 can say I'm afraid to vote," said Patrick in an interview with Fox News.
"Were you in a grocery store? Were you in Walmart? Were you in Lowes? Were you in Home Depot? Were you anywhere? Were you afraid to go out of your house? This is a Democrat scam to make the choice steal, "he continued.
Any Texas resident older than 65 or with a disability can currently vote by mail Texas Tribune. States across the country have attempted to adopt a broader postal voting policy prior to the November elections so people can vote without risking personal interaction during the ongoing pandemic.
Patrick claimed that expanding postal voting would destroy the country.
"There'll be democratic activists out there to find people and say, 'Hey, by the way, you got your ballot. Pay $ 10. Can I do it for you? This will destroy America if we do allow it, "he said.
As a business insider previously reported, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas must allow all voters to cast absentee votes without apologizing for the upcoming election The court of appeal put this decision on hold on Wednesday.
The Texas Tribune found that doctors and nurses who signed a letter to the state's Supreme Court argued that personal voting posed an "increased risk" of transmission of the novel corona virus.
"This idea that we want to make you a disability claim because I'm afraid to vote – if you're under 65 – is ridiculous," said Patrick on Friday. "You are more likely to have a serious car accident if you are under 65 on the road to voting than if you caught the virus and died from it on the road to voting. This is the biggest scam ever."
Governor of Texas Abbott, Greg Abbott, began to relax his order to stay at home on May 1, although the number of COVID-19 cases continued to increase. By Friday, at least 53,449 Texas had been infected with the novel corona virus and at least 1,480 had died, according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.
Democrats and proxies such as the ACLU have been pushing for voting to be expanded by email for months. At the same time, health experts warned of a possibly more serious second wave of COVID-19, which could affect the US in the fall and winter.
President Trump has rejected the measure because of the allegation that expanding postal voting would increase election fraud. Earlier this week, he threatened to withhold federal funding from states that had expanded their voting programs by email. Business Insider's Grace Panetta noted that the move could backfire as there is little evidence that an extended postal vote or an increase in voter turnout would benefit Democrats against the Republicans.