Texas has not made it harder to vote this year

Pratt on Texas - copyright Pratt on Texas all rights reservedListener Club member Bob wrote: “A week or two ago while talking about Gov. Abbott catching grief for having just one drop box for mail/absentee ballots, you mentioned that that has been the law in Texas for some time.  I have a cousin that is apoplectic about Abbott limiting the right to vote over this issue.”

And herein you have an example of the power of media propaganda stimulated by lies and half-truths of the Democrat Party in Texas.

Despite a plethora of stories from both national and state media, the facts are quite different from what Bob’s apoplectic cousin thinks. Texas has not “made voting harder” under COVID, as many have put it, but actually Governor Abbott did the opposite.

Not only did Abbott extend the already too long Early Voting period by almost a week, he actually expanded how absentee, or mail-in, ballots could be returned. Before Abbott’s decree, a mail-in ballot had to be deposited into the custody of the U.S. Mail or, only on Election Day itself, it could be brought to the county clerk, or elections office if appropriate, by the person voting the ballot.[1]

Abbott’s order actually allows the absentee ballots to be delivered to the central elections office of each county throughout the entire voting period – that is not a further restriction of how a mail-in ballot is returned but the opposite.*

Democrat media propaganda has been quite effective in making people think Texas somehow changed the rules this year to make voting harder. Reality is quite different but that doesn’t mollify the ignorant or the demagogue.

 

*  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit explains this well on page 2 and 3 of this document (pdf).

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