Fort Bend County Judge KP George Raises Concerns About New Senate Bill 1 . Voting Issues

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – Fort Bend County Judge KP George is raising awareness of the new voting laws that go into effect after Senate Proposition 1 is signed into law in 2021.

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Republican leaders pushed for the bill, claiming it would help increase election integrity. The bill places new identification requirements for mail-in voting, increases protections for poll watchers, bans drive-in voting and more.

Now, with just a few weeks to go before the March 2022 primaries, counties across Texas, including Fort Bend County, are making changes to how they manage ballots and votes. mail-in ballots to meet the new law.

“It’s important that everyone has the opportunity to exercise their constitutional right,” said George, “It’s a constitutional right that many people have fought for and sacrificed for, so we cannot take it lightly, especially especially after the 2020 election.”

According to Fort Bend County elections officials, to date, of the vote-by-mail applications their office has received, about 50% have been denied. This is almost 10 times more than in previous election years.

“As of 5 p.m. (Thursday), we have effectively processed 244 applications. We have rejected 264,” said John Oldham, Fort Bend County elections administrator. “Much of that is because voters simply didn’t fill out the information they were supposed to fill out.”

Oldham said Senate Proposition 1 requires registered voters, who are applying to vote by mail, to include their Texas Driver’s License number or the last four digits of their security number. their social life. Oldham said he recommends Fort Bend County residents include both to increase their chances of an application being approved.

“We don’t have to match both, we only have to match one, so it’s important that they give us as much information as they can,” says Oldham. “That would reduce the likelihood of these rejections, and believe me, we don’t want to refuse these. It’s just twice the job.”

Early voting for the March 2022 primaries begins on February 14.

“You know, it might be more inconvenient to vote under these new rules, but you still have the right to vote and it’s worth it,” Oldham said.

If you are applying to vote by mail, your application must be at the elections office by February 18.

“I encourage you to vote, term,” said Cynthia Ginyard, of the Fort Bend County Democrat. “If you’re one of those people used to voting by mail but you can’t vote, please go vote.”

For more information on the vote-by-mail application, visit Texas Site Vote.

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