Pitman described the decision to have a single voting point per district in the weeks leading up to the election as “confusing”, especially since there will be multiple dispensing points per district on election day and the state has already opened satellite dispensing points within the districts prior to the proclamation of the governor from October 1st.
The state immediately appealed the injunction, which means a federal appeals court will now take the matter up.
Domingo Garcia, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), a civil rights group that has sued the state, said the governor “is trying to chase down pandemic fear that is preventing Hispanics from wanting to risk their lives by being personally to vote. “
LULAC had argued in court records that the one-drop-off rule would be particularly burdensome in a place like Harris County, where millions of Houston area voters had one place to cast their ballots.
Texas has had decades of litigation over voting rights, but more is at stake this year as more voters cast their ballots due to coronavirus concerns.
Similar litigation rages across the country over the rules and procedures for voting in a pandemic as Republican leaders seek restrictions on voting and access in the name of electoral security, and Democrats battle those limits in the name of voting rights.
President Trump has repeatedly claimed without evidence that there is a risk of massive ballot fraud and his campaign has already accused the Democrats of attempting to steal the election. Postal voting fraud has historically occurred in small, isolated groups in connection with local elections, but not on a large scale.