Arbitration rules against the Texas state limit for one delivery location per county for absentee ballot papers: NPR

An election worker accepts polls by mail from a voter at a delivery site in Houston on Wednesday. A federal judge blocked Governor Abbott’s order limiting one handover site per county late Friday.

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An election worker accepts polls by mail from a voter at a delivery site in Houston on Wednesday. A federal judge blocked a governor’s Abbott order limiting one handover site per county late Friday.

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A federal judge halted Texas’ plan to limit voters to one location in each county to nullify absentee balloting in the next election. The decision says the restriction places an undue burden on elderly and disabled citizens.

The limit was imposed last week as Texas saw an increase in absentee ballots, though Most Texans are not eligible to vote this way.

Governor Greg Abbott announced that he was helping protect election security by allowing only one location per county. Democrats Abbott was accused of trying to suppress the vote.

The governing parties of Judge Robert Bateman with the United Latin American Citizens Association filed a lawsuit to cancel the take-down limit.

The lawsuit The governor said the governor was forcing absentee voters to travel farther distances and to more crowded locations, increasing the stakes for residents already particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus. The lawsuit also said the Postal Service had warned that it may not be able to deliver the ballot papers in time to be counted.

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The state may appeal the ruling.

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