Texas Governor Greg Abbott is facing two voting rights lawsuits over an order allowing Texas counties to provide no more than one drop-off location for voters with absentee ballots. The last-minute law is part of an enormous controversy in the U.S. about the security of mail-in voting, the reliability of the U.S. Postal Service and safely voting during a pandemic. Abbott’s order forced Harris County — home to 2.4 million voters covering a swath of the land larger than Rhode Island — to shutter eleven of its twelve ballot drop-off sites, resulting in potentially enormous lines. But if you live in Harris County, want to vote but don’t know how to get to your county’s only ballot box, never fear. Lebron’s got you.
In Harris County, home to 2.4 million voters, Texas shut down 11 of 12 ballot drop off locations.
— More Than A Vote (@morethanavote) October 6, 2020
Lebron James’ voting rights organization More Than a Vote is partnering with Lyft to help cover the cost of any Harris County voters’ ride to the ballot location. By using the code HOUVOTE, voters will get up to $15 off their ride. That may or may not cover the whole ride, but it’s a lot better than nothing at all and might just split the difference between making your voice heard and sitting this one out.
James started More Than a Vote as a way of fighting voter suppression and encouraging people — especially racial minorities — to vote, citing his mom’s advice: “Don’t talk about it, be about it.”