"Election 2020: Clerk’s office gets out 1.4K absentee ballots" by: Mike Reddell

   The Matagorda County Clerk’s office spent Friday and Monday getting about 1,400 requests for absentee ballots completed.
   “We’re still getting them (the requests), including military and U.S citizens living abroad. The absentee ballot requests total about 1,400,” County Clerk Stephanie Wurtz said Tuesday.
   “That’s a lot. We’ve already doubled what we did in March, or about 600 ballots, for the primary.
   “Now, we are simply mailing out as requests come in,” Wurtz said.
   She added that her office will still handle the requests for about 2-3 weeks.
   The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Oct. 23.
   Asked about Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to limit drop-off locations, Wurtz said that does not affect Matagorda County.
   “We always planned for just one location (which is our office),” Wurtz said.
   “I would say that it mostly affects places such as Harris County, which were planning to have several different satellite offices accepting ballots plus ‘drop boxes,’” she noted.
   “Now that ballots have been sent out, it might be good to emphasize that marked ballots can be returned to our office at any time,” she said. 
   Before this election, Wurtz explained, drop-offs could only occur on Election Day.
   “But the Governor relaxed this portion of the code for just this election. Only the voter who marked the ballot can drop their ballot off. 
   “They will be asked for ID and their signature will be obtained at the time of drop-off. 
   The clerk’s office will accept marked ballots up until 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3.  
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