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Mask Exemption

The Fifth Circuit revived part of a suit challenging certain voting procedures in Texas during the Covid-19 pandemic. A statewide order mandating mask-wearing in public exempts poll workers, voters and others in polling places, but a district court could excise that provision — if it violates the Voting Rights Act — without “substantially” affecting the ongoing election, the circuit court ruled.

NEW ORLEANS — The Fifth Circuit revived part of a suit challenging certain voting procedures in Texas during the Covid-19 pandemic. A statewide order mandating mask-wearing in public exempts poll workers, voters and others in polling places, but a district court could excise that provision — if it violates the Voting Rights Act — without “substantially” affecting the ongoing election, the circuit court ruled.

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