There’s been a yearslong political fight over the issue of mail-in ballots in Texas. This struggle has taken on a new intensity in the wake of the coronavirus from China and the feeling that Texas’ shift from red, if not to blue then at least purple, is one election cycle away.

Texas law on mail-in voting is simple enough. A voter qualifies to receive a by-mail ballot if they’re 65 and older, have a disability—defined as a “sickness” or a “physical condition” that prevents them from appearing at the polling place without assistance or without injury to their health—will be out of the country on Election Day and early voting, or (rarely) are in jail and otherwise eligible to vote. That’s it.

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