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Judge rules against the Texas limitation of one drop-off point per district for postal voting: NPR



A polling officer receives a postal ballot from a voter at a drop off point in Houston on Wednesday. A federal judge blocked Governor Abbott’s order to limit one dispensing point per district late Friday.

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A polling officer receives a postal ballot from a voter at a drop off point in Houston on Wednesday. A federal judge blocked Governor Abbott’s order to limit one dispensing point per district late Friday.

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A federal judge has blocked a Texas plan to limit voters to one place per county to cast postal ballot papers in the upcoming elections. The ruling says the restriction puts an undue burden on elderly and disabled citizens.

The limit was imposed last week when Texas saw an increase in absentee voting, even though most Texans are not eligible to vote.

Governor Greg Abbott announced that he is helping to protect election security by allowing only one drop-off point per county. Democrats accused Abbott of trying to suppress the vote.

Judge Robert Pitman’s ruling sides with the League of United Latin American Citizens suing to lift the tax limit.

The lawsuit said the governor forced absent voters to travel further and to crowded places, increasing the risk for populations already particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus. The lawsuit also states that the postal service warned that it may not be able to deliver ballot papers in time to be counted.

The state can appeal the judgment.


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