After record rejections on first votes in March, Williamson Count is making changes to reduce confusion

According to the Texas Secretary of State, more than 12% of mail-in ballots nationwide were rejected in the primary, compared to 1% in the 2020 presidential election.

AUSTIN, Texas – After high initial rejections in the March primary, Williamson County is making changes to reduce confusion over the new laws.

Early voting for the November election begins in less than a week and will run from October 24 to November 4.

“This will be the real first test of the new laws,” said Brian Smith, professor of political science at St Edwards University

Like many others, he wonders how electoral offices deal with new electoral laws.

“Well, it’s been a challenge, and the scope of these laws has never been greater in terms of impacting elections,” said Williamson County Elections Administrator Chris Davis.

Davis said a great need has already been met — election workers.

“We have filled all of our early voting locations and slots for this as well as Election Day and are currently just working on our reserve pool,” Davis said.

Davis’ biggest concern is absentee ballots.

“Mail ballot rejection rates were initially very high in Texas counties,” Davis said.

That was in the March primary. It was the first time mail-in voters were required to provide their Social Security number or driver’s license number on both the ballot application and under the envelope flap.

“A lot of people weren’t aware of that,” Davis said.

According to the Texas Secretary of State, more than 12% of mail-in ballots nationwide were rejected in the primary, compared to 1% in the 2020 presidential election.

In March, Davis said Williamson County had a historic initial rejection rate of about 11%.

“We learned from some mistakes,” Davis said.

Davis said they’ve made some changes — like providing instructional inserts with mail-in ballots to avoid confusion.

“We’re ready for this, and we have great staff here and we have great support in our county,” Davis said.

Smith said voters must also be ready.

“Voting is going to be difficult because it’s such an important election and allow time for election day to wait in line,” Smith said.

The deadline for applying for a postal vote is October 28th.

Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by November 8, Election Day.

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https://www.kvue.com/article/news/politics/vote-texas/new-texas-voting-laws-williamson-county-ballot-rejection/269-a29845f4-dafb-4325-8e5b-f6bf248d078b After record rejections on first votes in March, Williamson Count is making changes to reduce confusion

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