Thousands of Mail-In Ballots Rejected in First Election Under Texas’ New Voting Law
Texas rejected thousands of mail-in ballots in the first election since the passing of the state’s new voting law.
Low turnouts in the Lonestar State were seen Tuesday, when primary polls opened, The Dallas Morning News reported.
However, Rice University political scientist Mark P. Jones told the newspaper that turnout rate was on par for a Texas midterm election.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed an elections overhaul into law last September after Democrats spent months protesting what they say are efforts to weaken minority turnout and preserve the GOP’s dominance.
The new law states that only voters who are over 65, disabled, out of town, or in jail on Election Day can cast a mail-in ballot.
The ID that voters use on a mail-in ballot and on the envelope — driver’s license number or partial Social Security number — must match what’s on the voter registration record.
NPR reported last month that Texas elections officials have returned thousands of mail-in votes due to ID requirement issues.
Voters have until March 7 to correct a rejected ballot either in-person at county offices, or online. Continue reading at Newsmax.