Abbott Order Limiting Mail Ballot Drop-Off Locations Blocked by Federal Judge
A federal judge on Friday barred enforcement of Gov. Greg Abbott’s order limiting each county in the state to one mail-in ballot drop-off location.
“The court’s order protects the voting rights — and health and safety — of every mail-in voter who chooses to personally drop off their ballot,” said Lillie Schechter, Harris County Democratic Party Chair.
“Texans should be able to exercise their right to vote without jeopardizing their health,” she said.
Noting that Abbott’s order has a greater impact on elderly and disabled voters, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman said the governor’s Oct. 1 proclamation “imposes a burden on an already vulnerable voting population.”
“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," Pitman wrote.
Harris County spans more than 1,778 square miles. It had more than 2 million registered voters as of September.
For Immediate Release
Oct. 9, 2020
Contact: Angelica Luna-Kaufman