On October 1, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) issued an order requiring counties to close multiple locations where voters can drop off completed mail-in ballots. Under the order, counties were limited to one drop-off site where poll watchers from both parties would be designated.
On Friday, a federal judge blocked Governor Abbott’s recent order, saying that counties can, in fact, have multiple ballot drop-off locations. According to The Texas Tribune:
‘Saying Abbott’s order confused voters and restricted voter access, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman granted an injunction late Friday barring its enforcement.’
Judge Pitman wrote:
‘By limiting ballot return centers to one per county, older and disabled voters living in Texas’s largest and most populous counties must travel further distances to more crowded ballot return centers where they would be at an increased risk of being infected by the coronavirus in order to exercise their right to vote and have it counted.’