On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott declared that counties are only allowed one, designated drop-off open to voters who choose to vote by mail. This announcement came after concerns about voter fraud and ballot security from President Donald Trump.
“As we work to preserve Texans’ ability to vote during the COVID-19 pandemic, we must take extra care to strengthen ballot security protocols throughout the state,” Abbott says. “These enhanced security protocols will ensure greater transparency and will help stop attempts at illegal voting.”
The announcement drew criticism from Democrats concerning voter suppression in the state of Texas. “Republicans are on the verge of losing, so Governor Abbott is trying to adjust the rules last minute,” Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement.
Harris County, with an estimated population of 4,767,540 residents, was forced to abandon 11 mail drop-off sites. This move leaves citizens traveling more than 30 miles to exercise their right to vote.
Despite the backlash against his proclamation, Gov. Abbott has not responded.