A state judge in Texas issued a ruling Thursday blocking Gov. Greg Abbott’s attempt to limit counties to one collection box each for early-voting ballots to be returned, saying it flies in the face of coronavirus safety precautions.
The decision by Judge Tim Sulak, who sits in Austin, is the latest in a legal tussle that’s taken on national significance.
“The limitation to a single drop-off location for mail ballots would likely needlessly and unreasonably increase risks of exposure to COVID-19 infections, and needlessly and unreasonably substantially burden potential voters’ constitutionally protected rights to vote, as a consequence of increased travel and delays, among other things,” the judge wrote in a letter announcing the ruling.
Mr. Abbott had expanded early-voting options. He increased the amount of time when in-person early-voting could take place, and the days when absentee ballots, mailed out to voters, could be dropped off. But he issued an addendum to that order saying counties could only