Texas governor previously ordered each county have one drop-off location, drawing concerns over voter suppression.
An appeals court in the US state of Texas ruled Friday that Governor Greg Abbott cannot limit drop-off sites for mail-in ballots to one per county, in what could be a setback for United States President Donald Trump.
Upholding a lower court decision, the Texas Third Court of Appeals ruled that limiting the number of drop boxes would increase the risk that voters could be infected with COVID-19 and would infringe on their right to vote.
Trump has repeatedly criticised mail-in ballots, claiming without evidence that they would lead to widespread voter fraud ahead of the November 3 contest that pits the Republican president against former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump won Texas by nine percentage points in 2016.
Though a Democratic presidential candidate has not won the state in more than four decades, opinion polls suggest that victory may be in reach for Biden, partly due to voters’ dissatisfaction over Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Governor of Texas tried to make it hard for people to vote, with one ballot drop-off per county – even for counties with millions of residents.
As of today, 5.3 million Texans have already voted – which is a whopping 60% of the total number of 2016 voters in Texas. Amazing.
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) October 21, 2020
Abbott on October 1 issued an order limiting mail-in ballot drop boxes to one