TX Gov. Issues Proclamation Allowing Just One Mail-In-Ballot Drop Off Per County

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Gov. Greg Abbott (R) claimed the change is meant to "stop attempts at illegal voting."

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) issued a proclamation on Thursday allowing only one mail-in ballot drop-off location per county, according to Austin’s NBC affiliate KXAN.

  • The proclamation states that beginning on Friday, mail-in ballots delivered in person must be dropped off to “a single early voting clerk’s office location as publicly designated by the county’s early voting clerk.”
  • All other drop-off locations will be closed, per the report.
  • “It also requires early voting clerks to allow poll watchers to keep an eye on the location and ‘observe any activity conducted at the early voting clerk’s office location related to the in-person delivery of a marked mail ballot.’” (KXAN)
  • Abbott claimed the change is meant "to strengthen ballot security protocols", saying: “These enhanced security protocols will ensure greater transparency and will help stop attempts at illegal voting.”
  • KXAN noted that Travis County, with a population of about 2.1 million, currently has four drop-off sites.

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