Texas Governor Now Committing Emergency Voter Suppression to Save Donald Trump - 2020-10-01
Voter suppression has long been a cherished tradition among Republicans, but with 33 days to go until the election and the outlook for Donald Trump looking extremely not good, the Grand Old Party apparently got together on a Zoom call and agreed to go all in on preventing Democrats from casting ballots. In South Carolina, Republicans are asking the Supreme Court to reinstate witness signatures for mail-in ballots, while in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott wants to make it as difficult as possible for people to drop off a ballot should they decide that sending it in the mail would be too risky given the president's naked attempts to handicap the Postal Service.
CNN reports that Abbott issued a proclamation on Thursday limiting drop-off locations for mail-in ballots to one site per county. And we'll give you two guesses as to which party the move will disproportionately affect, but you'll only need one:
The move significantly affects the Democratic stronghold of Harris County, which is the state's largest county by population—one of the most populous in the country—and covers a massive area. It must now reduce its 11 drop-off locations down to one starting on Friday. Travis County, which includes the reliably Democratic city of Austin, must limit its four drop-off locations to one.... The Republican governor said in a statement the order was made to enhance ballot security. It also allows poll watchers to observe the in-person delivery of mail-in ballots by voters, but critics say it could severely limit access for many voters.