In the last session of the Texas Legislature, a Senate Bill 1 was passed regarding election integrity and ballot protection. One of the aspects of the bill was to change the identification requirements for voting by mail. We have long assumed that there were many counts of fraud in the system but we had no way to verify it. Now we do.
Harris County is asking the Department of Justice to intervene after thousands of mail-in ballots and applications were rejected in the wake of a strict new voting law passed in the Texas Legislature.
In a letter addressed to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, county leaders pointed to an “alarmingly high number” of rejections based on new rules enacted in Senate Bill 1, which went into effect Dec. 2 and created new voter ID rules that elections administrators across the state say have tripped up voters as they seek to use mail-in ballots.
The letter — signed by Harris County judge Lina Hidalgo, County Attorney Christian Menefee and Elections Administrator Isabel Longoria — asks the DOJ to step in and investigate.from Houston Public Media
And yet they are the ones that are having to enforce the law. And guess what? They are!
Of 33,270 mail-in ballot applications received by Harris County, 4,598 — or 14% — were flagged for rejection due to the new voter ID requirements, and 13,736 — or 41% — were “flagged for rejection for any reason.”
Just 4,227 applications were flagged for rejection during the same period in March 2018, the last midterm election, the letter says — 6.6% of all applications received.
On top of that, 35.5% of mail-in ballots themselves were flagged as of Tuesday due to new ID requirements, the letter says — 3,491 of the 9,809 ballots received in Harris County.from Houston Public Media
In case you weren’t aware, Democrats run Harris County, so they are the ones that have to enforce the law. The fact that they are doing it is surprising but appreciated!
Oh, and thank you to the Republicans for passing a law that confirms what we already knew but couldn’t prove.
Keep up the good work!