Gov. Abbott issues proclamation enhancing ballot security

Gov. Abbott issues proclamation enhancing ballot security
Mail ballots delivered by voters eligible to vote by mail must be delivered to a single early voting clerk’s office location, publicly designated by a county’s early voting clerk. (Source: Pexels.com)

AUSTIN, Texas (KLTV) - Gov. Abbott Thursday issued a proclamation enhancing ballot security protocols for the in-person delivery of marked mail ballots for the November 3 election.

Beginning Oct. 2, mail ballots delivered by voters eligible to vote by mail must be delivered to a single early voting clerk’s office location, publicly designated by a county’s early voting clerk. The proclamation also requires early voting clerks to 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.

This proclamation amends a July 27th proclamation that extended the period in which marked mail-in ballots may be delivered in person.

“The State of Texas has a duty to voters to maintain the integrity of our elections,” said Governor Abbott. “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.”

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