CONTACT: Elizabeth Lewis
STATEMENT: Governor Abbott Rolls Back Voter Access in Harris County
(Houston, Texas) –– Today, Governor Greg Abbott walked back his July 27 Proclamation expanding in-person mail ballot delivery to Early Voting Clerks, jeopardizing the health and safety of millions of Texans 12 days before the start of Early Voting. Harris County has 12 County Clerk offices that until today have been able to accept in-person ballot delivery.
Starting tomorrow, October 2, voters can only drop off their ballots in person at NRG Arena. Every voter must present their photo ID at delivery. To date, 39 Harris County voters have delivered their marked ballots in person, while hundreds of other mail ballots have been received through the mail. More than 200,000 mail ballots have been sent to Harris County voters, over 90 percent of whom are over the age of 65.
The following statement can be attributed to Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins:
“The Governor's previous proclamation gave voters more options to vote safely during the global pandemic and alleviated concerns over mail delivery to ensure that every vote is counted. I applauded that proclamation.
Going back on his word at this point harms voters and will result in widespread confusion and voter suppression. Many mail ballots have already been dropped off by voters across Harris County, and multiple drop-off locations have been advertised for weeks.
Our office is more than willing to accommodate poll watchers at mail ballot drop-off locations. But to force hundreds of thousands of seniors and voters with disabilities to use a single drop-off location in a county that stretches over nearly 2,000 square miles is prejudicial and dangerous."
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