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Oct 29

October 29, 2020 TML Coronavirus Update #143

Posted on October 29, 2020 at 12:59 PM by TML Staff

Urgent Updates


Are voters required to wear masks when voting in person?


Yesterday (October 28), we informed our members that a federal district judge out of San Antonio issued an opinion voiding and invalidating an exemption to Governor Abbott’s statewide mask mandate for “any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher, or actively administering an election… .” Perhaps not surprisingly, later in the day the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the governor and secretary of state’s request to “stay” the federal judge’s opinion, effectively blocking the lower court’s determination.


All of this means we are right back to where we started regarding masks at the polls, presumably for the duration of the November voting cycle. The governor’s statewide mask mandate, GA-29, does not require voters and other election administrators to wear masks at a polling place, though doing so is strongly encouraged.


Further Updates


Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus Updates?


TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here.