A federal judge has barred enforcement of Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) order limiting counties to providing a single location for voters to drop off absentee ballots in person. That ruling was promptly stayed by an appellate court.

“By limiting ballot return centers to one per county, older and disabled voters living in Texas’s largest and most populous counties must travel further distances to more crowded ballot return centers,” ruled U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman. “By forcing absentee voters to risk infection with a deadly disease to return their ballots in person or disenfranchisement if the [U.S. Postal Service] is unable to deliver their ballots in time, [Abbott’s] October 1 order imposes a burden on an already vulnerable voting population.”

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