Texas governor restricts mail-in ballot drop-off locations



AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott has dramatically reduced the number of places Texas voters can drop off their mail-in ballots in what he says is an effort to ensure poll security. But Democrats quickly blasted Abbott’s move Thursday as an effort to suppress votes. Abbott’s order says counties can have only one drop-off location and that poll watchers may observe ballot deliveries. Harris County had 12 drop-off locations for its more than 2 million registered voters. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said county lawyers are considering legal action. Texas is one of just five states not allowing widespread mail-in voting this year.