ABC13 to analyze Texas mail-in ballot issues at city hall on Thursday

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Rejected mail-in ballots, limited resources and alleged voter intimidation are just some of the challenges that voting rights advocates say Texans are facing. present when they go to the polls in the March 2022 primaries.

News anchors Melanie Lawson and Tom Abrahams are gathering officials and community leaders for an Action 13 town hall Thursday night, highlighting how Texas’s recently revised election law is affecting the election. vote.

Viewers can watch the town hall at 7 p.m. Thursday anywhere they stream Witness News, including on Roku and Fire TV. Just search for “ABC13 Houston.”

The panel members for city hall on Thursday included:

  • State Senator Paul Bettencourt, District 7
  • Dr. Annie Benifield, Federation of Houston Women Voters
  • Cesar Espinosa, FIEL Houston
  • Court Koenning, political strategist
  • Bishop James Dixon, NAACP Houston
  • Mark Jones, Rice Baker University Public Policy Institute

The March 1 primaries are drawing renewed attention on Senate Bill 1, which opponents blame for creating a ripple effect at the polls.

Harris County officials report 4 out of 10 people Vote by mail application is being declinedwith voters often forgetting to put their state ID, driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number on the envelope, as the new law now requires.

Voting rights advocates argue that these denied applications will eventually keep thousands of Texans from voting, many of them unable to go to the polls in person.

Only specific groups of Texans are eligible to vote by mail, including residents 65 years of age and older, people with disabilities, pregnant women approaching their due date, and those in the suburbs during the period. early voting period and on Election Day, and those detained but still eligible to vote.

Civil rights advocates are also concerned that the law expanding access to pollsters could fuel voter intimidation, especially against residents of color.

Early voting continues through February 25.

You can watch town hall on your favorite streaming devices, like Roku, FireTV, AppleTV, and Google TV. Just search for “ABC13 Houston.”

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Dais Johnston

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