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.”