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Analysis: Texas move on mail-in voting stirs new suppression fears

October 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's order to close multiple drop-off locations for mail-in ballots across his vast state is bolstering fears President Donald Trump and Republican allies are seeking to suppress the vote in an election in which he is trailing.

(CNN)Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's order to close multiple drop-off locations for mail-in ballots across his vast state is bolstering fears President Donald Trump and Republican allies are seeking to suppress the vote in an election in which he is trailing.

Abbott, in a proclamation that sparked outrage among Democrats, on Thursday limited drop-off points for mail-in ballots to one site per county.

New clashes over mail-in voting in Texas came after Democrats pushed back against an attempt by the Trump campaign to limit the time available for voting in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania.

The accommodation only applies to ballots that are postmarked by Election Day. Authorities in the Keystone State and across the country are expecting a historic flood of mail-in and absentee ballots with voters concerned about showing up to crowded polling places as the pandemic again begins to worsen.

Also this week, a federal judge rejected the Trump campaign's effort to stop an expansion of mail-in voting in Montana, where Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock is posing a strong threat to incumbent GOP Sen. Steve Daines.

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