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The Texas Tribune—
AUSTIN—Gov. Greg Abbott extended the early voting period for the Nov. 3 general election by six days, beginning Oct.13 instead of Oct. 19, citing continued challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The end date remains Oct. 30.
However, Abbott and other Texas GOP leaders continue to resist a push by Democrats to expand mail-in voting. Democrats failed to convince the courts to expand mail-in voting for the runoffs but are pressing forward with their efforts for the general election.
But the announcement from the governor gave eligible mail-in voters more time to turn in their completed ballots in person to the clerk’s office if they would like to do so.
Current law allows those voters to submit their ballots only while polls are open on Election Day. Abbott’s latest move expands that option to the entire early voting period.