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Local organizer reacts to Abbott's mail-in ballot proclamation

Posted at 6:34 PM, Oct 01, 2020

Governor Greg Abbott says Texas is cracking down on voter fraud for mail-in ballots.

Today, the Governor released a proclamation for enhanced ballot security protocols.

Voters turning in a mail-in ballot in-person must take it to a single early voting office.

Some, like Maya Patel, say this order is overkill.

"There's numerous research out there to show that voting by mail is safe and secure and does not increase the cases of voter fraud," said Patel, the lead organizer for Fair Election Center's Campus Vote Project.

"When Abbott's proclamation said 'they want to increase greater transparency and help stop attempts at illegal voting' by closing some of these satellite sites. But really, it's hard to do that because you have to show an I.D. And the voter has to hand deliver that ballot."

The order starts October 2nd and the county's early voting clerk picks the location.

Abbott says the state "has a duty to voters in maintaining the integrity of the election."