“We are seeing an alarming number of mail-in ballots being rejected and local officials scrambling to protect voter access as the deadline approaches,” said Isabel. Longoria, the Harris County elections manager, said in a statement.
The new law, a key Republican priority after former President Donald J. Trump announced widespread fraud in the 2020 election, adds a host of new restrictions on dropping out. ballots in the state, including banning pass and 24-hour voting, restricting drop boxes, adding new identification requirements for absentee ballots, and preventing local elections officials from promoting voting absentee ballot.
Republicans swear the law makes voting “easier, harder to cheat.” But some voters in Texas find the absenteeism process difficult, even for highly motivated ones.
In Corpus Christi, Linda White, 72, has been voting by mail for several years with her husband Jack, 74. A Democrat, she said that she and her husband, a Republican, have been rejected three times this year.
The first time, they accidentally used an old form posted on the Texas secretary of state’s website (the form was updated in January). They were then denied for omitting the fields for both their driver’s license number and their partial Social Security number. Finally, Ms. White printed out a new application, and she still didn’t see the required fields, so she handwritten both identifiers on the side of her application.
That was also denied.
“If I weren’t a tough, tough old woman, and my husband was just as tough and tough, I think I would have given up after a few shots on this,” Ms. White said in an interview. question.
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