LULAC and League of Women Voters File Lawsuit Against Texas Governor Abbott’s Last-Minute Elimination of Most Drop Boxes for Absentee Ballots


On June 29, 2020, Defendant Governor Greg Abbott argued in federal court that“precipitous changes to the [election] rules can cause ‘confusion’ and even undermine public confidence in the outcome of the election itself.”  Three months later, with voting underway in Texas, Governor Abbott made exactly the type of “precipitous change” that he had cautioned against. On October 1, 2020, Governor Abbott issued an order forcing county election officials to offer their absentee voters no more than one physical drop-off location at which to return their ballot. In the State’s largest counties, including Harris and Travis counties, the October 1 order meant that the number of drop off location would respectively be reduced from 11 and 4 locations. 

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