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.

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