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Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued a proclamation (PDF) limiting to one location where voters may return an absentee ballot in person. Harris, Travis and other counties have designated multiple drop-off locations.

“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 said in a statement. “These enhanced security protocols will ensure greater transparency and will help stop attempts at illegal voting.”

Abbott’s proclamation comes one day after Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins advised the Texas Supreme Court that counties could designate multiple drop-off locations.

In late July, Abbott extended the period during which absentee ballots could be returned in person for the general election. Today’s (Thursday’s) proclamation amends that order to specify that it applies only for a single location within a county.

HD114 (Lean Democratic): Rep. John Turner’s (D-Dallas) campaign released a new ad, “Priorities,” highlighting some of his beliefs as an elected official.

HD121 (Lean Republican): Democratic challenger Celina Montoya’s campaign released a new ad, “Whirlwind,” that is part bio and part policy goals.

The campaign said she raised $415K since the primary election and she has more than $300K on hand.

CD7 (Lean Democratic): Republican challenger Wesley Hunt’s campaign announced he raised $2.5M during the third quarter. He raised $3.2M through the second quarter.

CD10 (Toss Up): Democratic challenger Mike Siegel’s campaign announced he raised $1M during the third quarter. He raised $897K through the second quarter.

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