Texans can cast their votes early this year, weeks before the November 2000 general election, thanks to a Jan. 17 holding by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In Voting Integrity Project Inc. v. Elton Bomer, the 5th Circuit considered whether a Texas law allowing early voting in federal elections conflicts with federal law that proscribes one day — the Tuesday after the first Monday in November — as federal Election Day. In its suit, Arlington, Va.-based VIP alleges that early voting could allow Texas election officials to manipulate election outcomes.

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