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Two far-left groups and two state residents have sued Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for a measure he signed this week that he claimed is geared toward “enhancing ballot security protocols for the in-person delivery of marked mail ballots for the” upcoming election.
Prior to the signing of the measure, several Democrat-controlled counties had multiple drop-off locations for mail-in ballots. It’s not clear whether every single one of these locations had poll watchers keeping an eye out for any funny business.
The measure signed Thursday by Abbott makes it so every county must designate a single location — and no more — as a drop-off spot and also “allow poll watchers to observe any activity conducted at the early voting clerk’s office location related to the in-person delivery of a marked mail ballot,” according to a press release.
“The State of Texas has a duty to voters to maintain the integrity of our elections. As we work to preserve Texans’ ability to vote during the COVID-19 pandemic, we must take extra care to strengthen ballot security protocols throughout the state. These enhanced security protocols will ensure greater transparency and will help stop attempts at illegal voting,” the governor said in a statement.
The signing of the measure provoked backlash from the far-left, with virtually every mainstream media outlet panning the decision as an effort to “suppress vote.”
Hmm OK. But so I’m clear. @GregAbbott_TX’s order will let Texans drop ballots off in person at any time before/on Election Day & somehow that’s voter suppression? This didn’t even exist before — you could only do it ON Election Day. Sounds like he’s expanding voting access to me https://t.co/eLnu7dHOa2
— Speaker Dennis Bonnen (@RepDennisBonnen) October 2, 2020
Among the complainers were the National League of United Latin American Citizens (and its Texas offshoot), the League of Women Voters of Texas and two local residents, Ralph Edelbach and Barbara Mason.
In a suit filed the same day that Abbott signed the measure, the plaintiffs listed above argued that the governor had “identified no security benefit to restricting the number of properly staffed ballot drop-off locations in a county.”
“This order comes while absentee voting, including at drop-off locations, is already in progress and voters like Plaintiffs Edelbach and Mason, as well as many Texas LULAC and LWVTX members, have already made their voting plans,” their suit reads.
“The impact of this eleventh-hour decision is momentous, targets Texas’ most vulnerable voters—older voters, and voters with disabilities—and results in wild variations in access to absentee voting drop-off locations depending on the county a voter resides in. It also results in predictable disproportionate impacts on minority communities that already hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis.”
The latter statement seemed to suggest the plaintiffs believe that minorities lack the capability and intelligence to transport themselves to a designated drop-off spot.
A startling number of left-wingers share this belief, as documented back in 2016 by journalist Ami Horowitz.
In the video above, left-wing students at U.C. Berkley trotted out a litany of excuses to explain why voter ID laws would be unfair to minorities.
“These type of people don’t live in areas with easy access to DMVs and other places where they can get identification,” one young white man claimed.
But when Horowitz spoke to black residents of Harlem, they seemed utterly astonished that anybody would think so poorly of them.
“They’re pretty much ignorant,” one resident said of the Berkeley students.
The suit filed Thursday seeks “preliminary and permanent injunctive relief restraining Defendants Abbott and Hughs from enforcing, and the Defendant County Election Officials from implementing, Governor Abbott’s October 1 order limiting absentee voting drop-off locations to one per county.”
Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs has also been named in the suit.
View the suit below:
Abbott’s office responded to the suit Friday by issuing a statement claiming he’s “not limited voting — instead he has expanded access to voting.”
“Before the Governor’s executive order, Texans who wanted to vote by mail could either mail their ballot or submit it in person on Election Day only. Because of COVID-19, the governor’s executive order increased the time period during which voters can submit their mail-in ballot in person to include any time leading up to Election Day,” the statement reads.
“That time period did not exist under current law. Moreover, the only ballots subject to this order are mail-in ballots. Most of those ballots are in fact submitted by mail. The additional time provided for those who want to submit their mail-in ballot in person is sufficient to accommodate the limited number of people who have traditionally used that voting strategy.”
In a statement to local station KXAN, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, one of the measure’s Republican supporters, defended it by pointing to “reports from the field” of people dropping off more than one ballot.
This suggests that ballot harvesting may be occurring in Texas. According to reports, it’s also been happening in Maryland, where authorities have warned voters that unknown perpetrators have been “going door-to-door” to illegally collect ballots.
Speaking of assault on our democracy…. https://t.co/gsT7eiGdgb
— Dis_Ebon (@EbonDis) October 1, 2020
Meanwhile, allegations have emerged that Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, is linked to a pay-for-play ballot harvesting scheme happening in Minnesota.
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