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Pence denies voter suppression during debate after Abbott limits mail-in ballot drop off locations
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During the first and only vice presidential debate of 2020, tensions were high as Democratic candidate and Senator Kamala Harris, and Vice President Mike Pence took to the stage to discuss pressing issues including COVID-19, unemployment and trade deals with China.


Toward the end of the debate, Harris accused the Trump administration of voter suppression, due to its resistance against mail-in voting. Trump has previously said mail-in voting leads to voting fraud.

"(President Donald Trump) openly attempted to suppress the vote," Harris said. "Joe Biden, on the other hand, on that same debate stage said, 'hey, just please vote.'"

Pence was quick to deny the accusation, saying it was "not true."

"President Trump and I are fighting every day in courthouses to prevent Joe Biden and Kamala Harris from changing the rules and creating this universal mail-in voting which would create massive opportunity for voter fraud," Pence said.

The New York Times reports, Trump's claims about mail-in ballots being "very dangerous for this country," is false because voting fraud is rare, according to various studies.

Following the president's lead, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Oct. 1 that Texas counties must designate only one mail-in ballot drop-off location each, no matter how populous the county is. Texas absentee ballots must be postmarked by 7 p.m. on Election Day and received by 5 p.m. the next day in order to be counted.

Abbott claimed the limits on drop-off locations were necessary to ensure election integrity.

Democratic congressional committee chairs U.S. House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-South Carolina; and U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-California; and Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, have asked Abbott via letter to rescind his proclamation, saying it appears to be an attempt at voter suppression.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated 35% of people will vote via absentee ballot this year.

Voting rights groups and some voters have filed a lawsuit to overturn the governor's order. But they'll have to move quickly before early voting next week, the Texas Tribune reports.

While people are afraid to vote in person in the face of COVID-19, worries that their vote will not be counted is deterring people from using the absentee ballot system, according to NPR.

Voters, voting rights groups sue Gov. Greg Abbott over order to close ballot drop-off locations(Amna Ijaz/The Texas Tribune)

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway