Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Turner's Statement on the Governor's Decision to Force Harris County to Close Nearly All Mail Ballot Drop-off Sites

October 1, 2020 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner today released the following statement after Gov. Abbott forced Harris County to close 11 mail ballot drop-off sites.

"Growing up, I was bused over 20 miles as a student in the first integrated class at Klein High School. Because of the Governor's decision today, I would now have to go even farther to drop off an absentee ballot and make sure my vote is counted.

"Harris County is the 3rd largest county in the United States, and Houston is the 4th largest city in the country. Reducing the number of mail-in ballot drop-off sites from 11 to one is a direct attempt at voter suppression.

"We should be focused on making voting more accessible and stop trying to create obstacles and distractions with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud."