16% of mail-in ballot applications rejected in Harris County

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Harris County’s election administrator says the rejections — and confusion amongst voters — are a direct end finish end result of the controversial SB-1 voting invoice.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — The March 1 primary in Texas is barely six weeks away. It could possibly be the first necessary election since SB 1, Texas’ controversial new voting legal guidelines went into affect. 

Election officers report heaps of of Texas voters are already having components requesting mail in ballots.


“That is uncharted territory for us,” stated Isabel Longoria, Harris County election administrator. 

Longoria and her group are prepping for that critical primary.


“The Secretary of State sends us day by day updates on how you can make SB 1 occur, and it appears like a rushed course of for one thing that’s so necessary,”  Longoria stated.


Below the mannequin new legal guidelines, voters wanting a mail-in ballot must embody their drivers license quantity or social safety quantity on their utility. Many applications are failing to meet the mannequin new ID necessities. 


“It’s these type of errors which can be a direct end result of SB 1, making it more durable for voters to get by way of an already complicated system,” Longoria stated. 


Up to now this yr in Harris County, 16% of the 1,276 applications have been rejected. Within the 2018 Texas principal, solely 2.5 p.c of 4,800 applications have been rejected. 

“It’s a crimson flag that we’re watching,” Longoria stated. 

In Travis County, the issue is even worse with nearly 50% of mail-in ballot applications rejected there to this point. 

“The confusion goes to have what I’ll name an equal impact on Democrat and Republican voters,” stated KHOU political analyst Bob Stein. 

Stein predicts these varieties of factors will solely improve. 

“It could not have a lot influence in the primaries, however in November there can be quite a bit of concern,” Stein stated. 

To make it doable to your mail-in ballot request isn’t rejected, Longoria’s most fascinating suggestion is to incorporate your cellphone quantity and/or e mail in the equipment to allow them to name you in case there’s one issue that ought to be corrected.

And if in case you’ve any questions in regards to the course of, you would possibly all the time determine Harris County Elections at 713-755-6965. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot for the first is Feb. 18.

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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — The March 1 primary in Texas is barely six weeks away. It could possibly be the first necessary election since SB 1, Texas’ controversial new voting legal guidelines went into affect. 

Election officers report heaps of of Texas voters are already having components requesting mail in ballots.


“That is uncharted territory for us,” stated Isabel Longoria, Harris County election administrator. 

Longoria and her group are prepping for that critical primary.


“The Secretary of State sends us day by day updates on how you can make SB 1 occur, and it appears like a rushed course of for one thing that’s so necessary,”  Longoria stated.


Below the mannequin new legal guidelines, voters wanting a mail-in ballot must embody their drivers license quantity or social safety quantity on their utility. Many applications are failing to meet the mannequin new ID necessities. 


“It’s these type of errors which can be a direct end result of SB 1, making it more durable for voters to get by way of an already complicated system,” Longoria stated. 


Up to now this yr in Harris County, 16% of the 1,276 applications have been rejected. Within the 2018 Texas principal, solely 2.5 p.c of 4,800 applications have been rejected. 

“It’s a crimson flag that we’re watching,” Longoria stated. 

In Travis County, the issue is even worse with nearly 50% of mail-in ballot applications rejected there to this point. 

“The confusion goes to have what I’ll name an equal impact on Democrat and Republican voters,” stated KHOU political analyst Bob Stein. 

Stein predicts these varieties of factors will solely improve. 

“It could not have a lot influence in the primaries, however in November there can be quite a bit of concern,” Stein stated. 

To make it doable to your mail-in ballot request isn’t rejected, Longoria’s most fascinating suggestion is to incorporate your cellphone quantity and/or e mail in the equipment to allow them to name you in case there’s one issue that ought to be corrected.

And if in case you’ve any questions in regards to the course of, you would possibly all the time determine Harris County Elections at 713-755-6965. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot for the first is Feb. 18.

Marcelino Benito on social media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


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