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SOURCES: HARRIS COUNTY ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATOR, MONTGOMERY COUNTY ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATOR, TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER According to local election administrators, the most common errors cited resulting in rejected mail-in ballots have been voters failing to provide identication numbers on applications and failing to provide matching identication numbers on ballots.
Statewide, a total of 24,636 mail-in ballots were rejected in the March 1 primary election—roughly 14.2% of all mail-in ballots submitted, according to Texas Secretary of State data. According to a 2021 U.S. Election Assistance Commission report, Texas rejected roughly 8,000, or 0.08%, of the nearly 1 million mail-in ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election. The new regulations surrounding mail-in voting are one of many laws included in SB 1, a voting reform bill that was approved by the Texas Legis- lature in September. According to Sam Taylor, a spokes- person for Texas Secretary of State John Scott, the addition of reconcilia- tion reports—which require counties to compare the number of voters who cast valid ballots with the number of votes counted by their tabulation system— has added a new layer of transparency. “The reconciliation form that was added in SB 1 has been the biggest help for our oce in terms of hunting down any issues that we see in the reporting of results,” Taylor said. Since 2015, the state has success- fully prosecuted 155 individuals for election fraud oenses, according to
SAMPLE MAILIN BALLOT APPLICATION
SAMPLE MAILIN BALLOT
Texas Driver’s License, Texas Personal Identication Number or Election Identication Certicate Number issued by the Department of Public Safety (NOT your voter registration Voter Unique Identier Number) YOU MUST PROVIDE ONE of the following numbers
If you do not have a Texas Driver’s License, a Texas Personal Identication Number or a Texas Election Identication Certicate Number, give the last four digits of your Social Security number.
Required information: You must provide on of the following:
Driver's license, personal ID or election ID
Last four digits of Social Security number
I have not been issued a driver's license or ID
I have not been issued a Texas Driver’s License/ Texas Personal Identication Number/Texas Election Identication Certicate or Social Security Number APPLICATION REQUIREMENT: ID NUMBERS A new law requires individuals who vote by mail to include one of the following identication numbers on their applications:
Phone: OPTIONAL CONTACT INFORMATION: Email:
Provide optional contact information to expedite the correction process. Visit www.votetexas.gov/voting-by-mail/track-my-ballot.html to track ballot status and correct errors on ballots. BALLOT REQUIREMENT: MATCHING ID NUMBERS A new law requires individuals who vote by mail to include the same number submitted on their applications on their ballots. Election ocials oered mail-in ballot voters the following tips:
Texas driver’s license number Texas state ID number Last four digits of their social security number Election ID certicate number
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