Texas Voting Law Leads to Rise in Ballot Request Rejections

“We are seeing an alarming number of mail-in ballots being discarded and local officials scrambling to protect voter access as the deadline approaches,” said Isabel Longoria, the election administrator for the Harris County, in a statement.

The new law, a key Republican priority after former President Donald J. Trump claimed there was widespread fraud in the 2020 election, added a host of new voting restrictions in the state, including banning drive-thru voting and round-the-clock voting, limiting drop boxes, adding new identification requirements to mail-in ballots, and preventing local election officials from promoting mail-in voting.

Republicans swore the law made it “easier to vote, harder to cheat.” But some Texas voters have found the absenteeism process far from easy, even those who are highly motivated.

In Corpus Christi, Linda White, 72, has been voting by mail for several years with her husband Jack, 74. Democrat, she says that she and her husband, a Republican, have seen their candidacy rejected three times this year.

The first time they inadvertently used an old form posted on the Texas Secretary of State’s website (the form was updated in January). Then they were rejected for neglecting the fields for both their driver’s license numbers and their partial social security numbers. Eventually, Ms. White printed a new application, and she still didn’t see the required fields, so she hand-wrote the two ID numbers on the side of her application.

This was also rejected.

“If I hadn’t been a determined and stubborn old woman, and my equally determined and stubborn husband, I think I would have given up after a few shots,” Ms White said in an interview.

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