Voting in Harris County: More than 30% of mail-in ballots denied under Senate Proposition 1

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – With less than a week until Election Day, if you’re the one who received your ballot in the mail, it’s time to fill it out and get it in the mail. Ballots by mail must be received by 5 p.m. on the first business day after Election Day.

Thousands of ballots by mail and applications to vote by mail have been denied under the new voting law, SB1.

“I was so frustrated. I said, ‘Well, they’re not going to tell me back I didn’t put the right thing,’ so wherever there’s a blank, I fill it in,” explains Pam Gaskin. . Fort Bend County Voters.

The third time was a blessing for Gaskin, who finally received her ballot in the mail 28 days after she started the process.

“I’ve been a continuously registered voter in this county since 1976,” Gaskin said. “I’m not trying to woo anyone. All I want is a mail-in ballot.”

Gaskin is not alone in this disappointment.

According to Harris County elections manager, 14% of applications to vote-by-mail were denied due to the new ID law and 31% of ballots were denied due to new identification as of earlier this week.

As of Tuesday, February 22, Harris County Elections processed 23,393 mail-in ballots, but 7,165 had to be sent back for corrections due to new laws.

The elections administrator in Fort Bend County estimates a rejection rate of 20% for mail-in ballots, and in Galveston County it is about 30%.

Now that we’re less than a week away from Election Day, if you’re someone who’s having trouble with your mail-in ballot, you may be wondering if you can still choose to vote in person instead. are not. The answer is yes.

“If your mail-in ballot was sent to you because it needed ID or correction and you said, ‘You know what, I’d like to do it in person,’ bring that mail-in ballot if you have one. If you can’t, no problem, but you also have to bring your ID to vote in person, so of course we can check you and confirm you’re who you are,” said Isabel Longoria, administrator. Harris County elections administrator explained.

If you are choosing to vote in person and are worried about safely getting to and from the polling place, you can vote at the curb.

“The Texas Election Code says if you’re afraid you’ll be harmed or injured when you enter a polling place, you can cast your ballot at the curb. All of our 750 locations and all of our early voting locations have roadside sirens,” Longoria said.

Voters can drive up and push a blue horn that will signal an election judge to step out of your car and help you vote.

In Harris County, early voting hours are extended to Thursday, February 24. Eligible voters can vote at any early voting location from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday. Five. Early voting ends on Friday.

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