Travis County voters who are afraid of contracting COVID-19 if they go to the polls can legally apply for mail-in ballots under a ruling that a district judge issued Wednesday in a lawsuit by the Texas Democratic Party.

The dispute—which asks whether all Texans should be able to vote by mail because of social distancing restrictions and the risk of contracting the coronavirus—was headed to a higher court. Acknowledging that, Judge Tim Sulak of the 353rd District Court ruled from the bench that he would grant a temporary injunction, and reject jurisdictional arguments by the state of Texas.

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