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Texas Mail-in Ballot Drop Off Ruling Blocked By Appeals Court

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File photo: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

A federal appeals court has blocked a judge’s ruling that had blocked Governor Greg Abbott’s order requiring just one mail-in ballot drop off location in each county.  The ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Saturday was in response to an emergency appeal from Attorney General Ken Paxton.  A federal judge in Austin Friday blocked Abbott’s proclamation, stating it placed a burden especially on elderly and disabled Texans who would not be able to travel long distances to drop off their mail-in ballot during the early voting period.  Voting rights groups had also argued if it was too close to the election to change the law to allow straight-ticket voting, it’s also too close to order a plan eliminating dozens of mail-in ballot drop-off sites.

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