US election 2020: Texas judge blocks postal voting restrictions
A record number of people are expected to vote in absentia
A Texas judge has blocked an order that allows only one postal ballot drop per county, claiming it would affect elderly and disabled voters.
Drop-off points have been set up so voters can submit their ballots in advance rather than relying on the postal service.
Republican Governor Greg Abbott said the number of drop-off points needed to be minimized to keep voters safe.
Democrats said the move was an overt voter suppression.
Due to the pandemic, a record number of people are expected to vote by mail in this year's election.
The U.S. Postal Service has already warned that ballot papers may not arrive in time to be counted on Election Day, November 3rd.
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Texas has a limit on who can request postal votes. Only voters over 65 years of age, disabled, in prison, or out of town on election day can vote by mail.
Judge Robert Pitman ruled that the order would require many voters to travel long distances to find a drop-off point, or that they would be susceptible to coronavirus if forced to vote in person at a polling station.
Governor Abbott's decision would have meant that some people in Harris County, where more than four million people live, would only have one point in the entire county to put in their ballot.
The race for 38 Texas Electoral College votes for this election is expected to be close.
President Donald Trump previously criticized the postal vote, claiming it was widespread fraud. The Bundestag Electoral Commission has rejected these claims.
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