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Federal Court stays Gov. Abbott’s mail-in ballot order

Published: Oct. 11, 2020 at 12:06 AM CDT
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ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) - Just a day after a federal judge blocked governor Greg Abbott’s mail-in ballot plan, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary order staying the ruling. The ruling blocks counties from setting up more than one ballot drop-off location per county.

The order comes just hours after state officials renewed their push to limit ballot drop-off locations some voters use due to COVID-19.

The federal appeals court’s order could ignite a last-minute legal battle over absentee voting, since mail-in ballots are already being collected and early voting is set to begin Tuesday, Oct. 13.

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