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Abbott Extends Early Voting for November

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday extended the early voting period for the Nov. 3 election by nearly a week to give Texans more time to vote during the pandemic. Under the governor’s decision, in-person early voting will begin on Oct. 13 and continue through Oct. 30. 

The proclamation also expands the period in which completed mail-in ballots may be delivered in person. Currently, mail ballots may be hand delivered only on Election Day. Abbott’s order allows in-person delivery every day of the early voting period.  

“As we respond to COVID-19, the State of Texas is focused on strategies that preserve Texans’ ability to vote in a way that also mitigates the spread of the virus,” said Abbott. “By extending the early voting period and expanding the period in which mail-in ballots can be hand-delivered, Texans will have greater flexibility to cast their ballots, while at the same time protecting themselves and others from COVID-19.”

Abbott also provided a longer window for early voting prior to the July 14 primary runoff election. 

In the meantime, Democrats still hold out hope of a reversal of the rules regarding vote-by-mail eligibility. So far, they have been unsuccessful in convincing the courts that everyone should have access to it during the pandemic. 

RA Staff
RA Staff
Written by RA News staff.


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