For Immediate Release
Oct. 1, 2020
Contact: Angelica Luna-Kaufman
Texas Gov. Abbott Limits Mail-In Voting Drop-Off Locations
to One Per County
This Move Intentionally ‘Creates Confusion, Increased Risk for Texas Voters,’ Says HCDP Chair
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation today that limits the number of drop-off locations for mail-in ballots to just one per county. The order by the Republican governor reduces 12 locations in Harris County to “a single early voting clerk’s office location as publicly designated by the county’s early voting clerk.”
Abbott cited “a duty to voters to maintain the integrity of our elections,” when he issued the proclamation, which goes into effect Friday.
“This is the latest effort by Republicans to make it more difficult to vote,” said Lillie Schechter, Harris County Democratic Party Chair. “Gov. Abbott and the Republican Party are rallying around false claims of voter fraud, but let’s call this what it really is -- another attack on voters’ rights.
“The governor’s proclamation creates confusion and increased risk for Texas voters,” Schechter said. “Although he says he made this move to maintain election integrity, Gov. Abbott is not protecting our voters’ rights and he is doing everything he can to fight for exactly the opposite.”
“Voters should be able to participate in our elections as easily and as safely as possible.”
When asked if the party would accept the results of the general election in Harris County as reported by the Harris County County Clerk, Schechter said, “We have full faith in our County Clerk as well as our Ballot Board; however, only if they are allowed to do their jobs will we feel confident with the outcome.
“This is another example of Republican leadership trying to change the rules at the last minute and we do not trust they will let the Ballot Board and County Clerk administer this election fairly.”
Harris County spans more than 1,778 square miles. It had more than 2 million registered voters as of September.