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Voting & Elections 10.16.2020

Rise in Use of Ballot Drop Boxes Sparks Partisan Battles

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, has been accused of trying to stifle Democratic votes by issuing a directive limiting ballot drop boxes to one per county. That strikes some Democrats as an effort to make voting harder for residents of the state’s sprawling metropolises, which tend to vote Democratic. Harris County, home to Houston, has a population of more than 4.7 million people and covers 1,777 square miles. “I can’t think of any other reason to do this other than voter suppression,” said Anthony Gutierrez, executive director of Common Cause Texas, which filed suit against the state over the directive.

Voting & Elections 10.9.2020

The only election conspiracy is the GOP trying to limit ballot access for Trump opponents

"This isn’t security, it’s suppression,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo tweeted of the move, which prompted a lawsuit by the League of United Latin American Citizens. The Texas branch of the nonpartisan grassroots organization Common Cause is suing to challenge the limit. Its attorney Anthony Gutierrez said the governor lacks authority to restrict drop boxes; that's for local election officials.

Voting & Elections 10.8.2020

ADL files lawsuit to stop Texas governor’s limit on drop-off sites

The ADL’s Austin, Southwest and Texoma Regions, Common Cause Texas and an individual Texas voter filed suit to block the governor of Texas from limiting drop-off sites for absentee ballots to a maximum of one per county during the state’s early voting period, regardless of the size of a county’s population or the distribution of that population.

Voting & Elections 10.5.2020

Mail in ballot lawsuit filed against Gov. Abbott

“Just blatant voter suppression. There is really no reason in the world why counties should be limited to one drop off site for mail ballots. All around the country we are seeing vote by mail access expanded, to where they are letting basically anybody vote by mail if they are afraid for their health,” said Anthony Gutierrez with Common Cause Texas.

Voting & Elections 10.2.2020

Voting rights advocates sue to block Texas governor’s order limiting counties to one ballot drop-off location

Anthony Gutierrez, executive director of Common Cause Texas, said in a statement that in Harris County, “reducing 11 drop off locations to only 1 severely limits voting access and forces people to choose between voting and their health.” The county, which includes Houston, comprises 1,777 square miles. He called Abbott’s order “blatant voter suppression and yet another way the politicians in charge are putting barriers between Texans and the ballot box.” “With last-minute changes and pending litigation, it is increasingly clear that confusion in Texas elections is part of a pattern of voter suppression,” he said.

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