Texas governor restricts mail-in ballot drop-off locations

Signs direct traffic at a drive-through ballot drop off location at the Travis County Tax Office in Austin, Texas, on Thursday. (Jay Janner /Austin American-Statesman via AP)

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday dramatically reduced the state’s number of drop-off sites for mail-in ballots, a move the Republican said was needed to ensure election security, while Democrats quickly blasted it as a naked effort to suppress voters.