Voters, voting rights groups sue Gov. Greg Abbott over order to close ballot drop-off locations

 

By EMMA PLATOFF

The Texas Tribune

 

Voting rights advocates and civic groups have filed two separate federal lawsuits to block Gov. Greg Abbott’s last-minute order that prohibits Texas counties from providing more than one drop-off location for voters casting absentee ballots.

Late Friday, the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, the get-out-the-vote group BigTent Creative and a 65-year-old voter asked a federal judge in Austin to overturn the governor’s Oct. 1 order, which forced Travis and Harris counties – two of the state’s most important Democratic strongholds – to shutter a number of drop-off sites they had already opened this week. The challenge came a day after The Texas and National Leagues of United Latin American Citizens, the League of Women Voters of Texas and two Texas voters filed a lawsuit calling the directive an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote that will disproportionately impact voters of color


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