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TX Governor Restricts Ballot Drop-Off Locations to 1 per County

Discussion in 'American Politics' started by iluvatar5150, Oct 1, 2020.

  1. iluvatar5150

    iluvatar5150 Well-Known Member

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  2. Kentonio

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    But the GOP aren’t trying to suppress the vote, no..
     
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  3. SimplyMe

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    It is worth pointing out that Harris County (while the largest by population) is only the 14th largest county in Texas by size. Twelve Texas counties are over 2,000 sq miles, seven are over 3,000, three over 4,000, and the largest county, Brewster, is over 6,000 sq. miles. To put that in context, 10 Texas counties are larger than the state of Maryland
     
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  5. iluvatar5150

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    In Houston, that’s easily an hour round-trip without traffic.
     
  6. iluvatar5150

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    holy jeez
     
  7. dogs4thewin

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    How many of those people will vote in person.. .
     
  8. Hans Blaster

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    Let's see, we could do some math.

    Suppose the county was a square (yes round counties would be more compact, but where do you see circular counties). If you've seen a map of Texas, most of the counties are approximately square.

    A square with 1700 sq. mi. of area is roughly 40 miles x 40 miles.

    To get from the corner to the center travel 20 miles to the middle of one edge make a left/right turn and travel 20 miles to the center. (40 miles total) or travel along the diagonal if possible = 28 miles (Pythagoras).

    So about 28-40 miles depending on the directness of the roads.

    Or you could read the post about Harris County itself.
     
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  9. Kenny'sID

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    Round trip? Not bad at all
     
  10. Kenny'sID

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    Not bad at all.

    And thanks for doing the math.
     
  11. SimplyMe

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    The key takeaway is "without traffic." "Without traffic" does not exist in Houston.
     
  12. Hans Blaster

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    It's just HS geometry (or easier). Perhaps, more importantly, its a county with more than 4 million residents, so things might get a bit crowded at the drop box.
     
  13. cow451

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    You ever drive in Houston or Dallas?
     
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  14. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

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    I hope it's a big box.
     
  15. TexFire316

    TexFire316 Come as a child, with no agenda

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    Ok guv, we are going to remember things like this. We the people of the great state of Texas definately are NOT feeling the love.
     
  16. wing2000

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    Abbott described his proclamation as an effort to “strengthen ballot security protocols throughout the state.”

    Security protocols?

    The ballot drop-off locations are staffed, and voters must present an approved form of identification to deliver their ballots. They may not turn in ballots for other voters.

    There is no rational for reversing his July decision to allow more ballot drop off sites.

    What changed?

    Gov. Greg Abbott limits counties to one absentee ballot drop-off location, bolstering GOP efforts to restrict voting
     
  17. Tiberius Lee

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    After 243 years Americans realized democracy is overrated ….monarchism is not that bad.
     
  18. FireDragon76

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    They are taking this step only because Texas might actually be in play this year, with substantial numbers of suburbanites defecting from supporting Trump.
     
  19. Pommer

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    With optional shredder attachment?
     
  20. Fantine

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    Obviously the Court should overturn this. Texans, mail in your votes early.
     
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