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A federal judge blocked a Texas plan to limit voters to one position per county for withdrawing absentee ballots in the upcoming election. The decision states that the restriction places an undue burden on elderly and disabled citizens.
The cap was imposed last week when Texas experienced an increase in requests for absentee ballots, even though most Texans are not eligible to vote this way.
Governor Greg Abbott announced he was helping protect electoral security by allowing only one pickup site per county. Democrats accused Abbott of trying to suppress the vote.
Judge Robert Pitman’s ruling sides with the League of United Latin American Citizens he is suing to get the dropout limit reversed.
The lawsuit said the governor was forcing absent voters to travel farther and to more crowded places, increasing the risk for populations already particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus. The lawsuit also said the postal service warned it may not be able to deliver the cards in time to be counted.
The state can appeal against the sentence.