Gotta give our National Lab for Bad Policy bonus points for coming up with a new way to make voting in a pandemic even harder:
In Texas, any registered voter with a qualifying disability can request an absentee ballot simply by checking a box on a form up until 11 days before the election — this year, that deadline was Oct. 23. But if voters contract the coronavirus or become otherwise medically unable to vote after that date, they can’t self-certify that they need an absentee ballot. Instead, they need a doctor’s note with specific language stating they have “a sickness or physical condition” that prevents them from voting in person.
It’s not just the timing, of course, but you would have to make an appointment with your doctor and pay for a visit, so… isn’t that a poll tax?