Applications to vote by mail may still be in limbo after the Friday, February 18 deadline

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – The deadline to apply to vote by mail has passed for the 2022 Texas primaries, which take place in less than two weeks on March 1.

Voters who are able to mail must have until the end of Friday business day to send an application to their county elections official’s office. Even those who get their papers last minute may still have to vote in person next month.

Voters who submitted their applications on time but were bounced due to corrections will no longer be eligible to vote by mail from this point forward.

“There are new ID requirements, so you must include your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number,” said Leah Shah of Harris County Elections. “If you don’t include them there won’t be any time to make that adjustment in your application.”

A group of voters who may not be aware of the status of their application may be those who received a letter from Lieutenant General Dan Patrick’s campaign. The letter, dated January 20, includes a letter, as well as instructions, asking voters to send that application to the office of the Texas Secretary of State.

The secretary of state’s website says that applications should not be sent to their office.

“Do not mail, fax, or email completed Vote-by-Mail applications to the Office of the Secretary of State,” the website reads. “Please send your completed application to your county early voting clerk.”

The letter was sent by Patrick’s campaign, not the lieutenant governor’s office. ABC13 contacted the campaign for a statement, but did not receive a response.

A spokesman for the US secretary of state said it was receiving more applications than usual in 2022, but could not say how many were directly related to Patrick’s letter. Those applications have been forwarded to county offices, where they will be reviewed in time for the application deadline.

“There is no indication on the envelope as to the origin of the applications,” said Sam Taylor of the foreign office. “We treated any and all applications equally by forwarding them to the county early voting clerks to ensure they were received in a timely manner.”

Any application submitted by the secretary of state to the county elections office is subject to the same rules as those originally submitted to the correct location. It’s too late to make any edits if those apps lack the right identification requirements.

That would force those voters to vote in person for the March primaries, but they can still mail in an application for the November midterm elections.

According to Chaz Miller on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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