2022 election: Harris County mail-in ballots to arrive soon; Voters fear rejection

HARRIS COUNTY, TX (KTRK) — As Election Day nears, Harris County leaders spoke about concerns about absentee ballots and what they’re doing to fix their problems after ballots were missed during the primary.

WITH CHANGES IN POSTAL VOTING IN 2021, SEVERAL REFUSALS OCCURRED IN 2022

In 2022, Republicans passed an election integrity bill. They said it was necessary to make elections safer.

Some of the legislation creates more accountability for mail-in ballots. Voters must now provide an identification number, either their driver’s license or part of their social security number.

During the primary, many left it blank or it didn’t match their voter registration. This resulted in many ballots being rejected.

Weeks before the midterm elections, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis held a press conference Monday to educate voters about the changes to avoid what happened earlier this year.

“This is unacceptable. It’s un-American,” Ellis said. “Every voter has the right to vote free from encumbrance, harm or hindrance.”

Harris County election officials are conducting a grassroots campaign to educate voters. The state does too.

The Secretary of State’s office said it was working to inform voters, particularly seniors, about the changes. It even has a base tour underway to let people know.

MAIL REJECTION RATES START HIGH BUT DECREASE DURING RUNOFF RACES

ABC13 obtained mail-in ballot rejection rates by district from the Office of the Secretary of State. It shows that the number of rejected ballot papers decreased significantly from the primary to the run-off elections.

To give you an idea, 18% of mail-in ballots in Harris County were rejected during the Democratic primary. During the runoff, it dropped to 6%. In the Republican primary in Harris County, 20% of mail-in ballots were rejected. In the runoff, it dropped to 8%.

County Administrator Clifford Tatum said there could be a reason.

“Because our residents have seen this process once, twice, three times. Now they’re feeling a little more comfortable about what they need to do,” Tatum said.

So far, 66,000 voters have requested absentee ballots in Harris County for the upcoming election. To review this year’s county mail-in ballot rejection rates, click here.

HARRIS COUNTY WILL SOON SHOW WHAT HAS BEEN CORRECTED AFTER FOUND 10,000 VOTES DAYS AFTER THE PRIMARY

Mail-in ballots aren’t the only problem in Harris County. Earlier this year, 10,000 votes were found days after the primary.

The Electoral Officer resigned. Tatum was discontinued.

We asked him what had changed before this election.

“I’m pleased to say that from the things that the team have implemented and that I’ve seen in the logic and accuracy testing that took place here a couple of weeks ago, we’re on track for sure that something like this will happen on this one.” upcoming election,” Tatum said.

Next week the county will welcome ABC13 to an open house to take a look at the fixes.

“Protocols, processes and procedures have been put in place to prevent these types of issues from reoccurring. It becomes a matter of checks and balances,” Tatum explained.

Harris County leaders expect 65% of voters will vote during the midterm. Can also take time.

The ballots in the county are the largest in the state. There will be 782 polling stations on Election Day, but officials say if you want to avoid queues, visit one of the 99 early polling stations.

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SEE ALSO: Can Democrats Win the Texas Election? Here’s the state of the races as the elections are near

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