Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation on Thursday that will reduce the number of mail-in ballot drop-off sites in Texas.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation on Thursday that will reduce the number of mail-in ballot drop-off sites in the state to one per county. Abbott said the change would "strengthen voting safety in Texas."
Breathing life into Donald Trumps incessant effort to plant the idea that voting security, especially with mail-in voting exists as a problem. It has been shown repeatedly that there is absolutely no factual evidence that supports Trump's and now Greg Abbot's, claim.
If there were a meter that could provide a visible display of the threat to America, Democracy and Voting in this presidential election, Texas Govenor Greg Abbott would surely register at the top of the guage. And here's the reason why...
Harris County Texas (population 4,092,459) and Travis County Texas (population 1,273,954) had each set up multiple locations for accepting absentee ballots and had already begun accepting them before Govenor Greg Abbott issued his order that shut down those satellite locations; reducing the number of allowed ballot acceptance locations in each of those counties and all other counties in the state to one location per County.
Voting rights experts say access to these locations is especially important given concerns over U.S. Postal Service delays (click) and that closing them will disproportionately impact voters with disabilities or without access to reliable transportation.
Harris County is home to 2.4 million registered voters and stretches across some 1,700 square miles, an area larger than the State of Rhode Island. The Texas Tribune (click) is covering the ongoing story.