Early voting clerks must give voters a “meaningful opportunity” to confirm their identity before rejecting an absentee ballot because of a “perceived signature mismatch.” Under current law, voters must be informed that their ballot has been rejected within 10 days after the election, which is after the deadline for which a ballot may be counted.
Federal District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that the existing procedure for rejecting absentee ballots based on signature mismatches is unconstitutional unless voters are provided “pre-rejection notice of a perceived mismatched signature and a meaningful opportunity to cure his or her ballot’s rejection.”
The suit was brought by two voters whose absentee ballots were “improperly rejected” and a coalition of disability rights and voting rights groups including the League of Women Voters of Texas.
“All Texas voters will be given the opportunity to ensure their ballots will count,” said Grace Chimene, president of the LWV of Texas. “A notice and cure process is essential for voters to have confidence when casting their ballots by mail.”
Democratic Super PAC: Forward Majority announced plans to spend $6.2M on 18 competitive Texas House races for television and online advertising and direct mail. The group spent $2.2M in 2018.
PRES (Lean Republican): A new survey of Texas voters (PDF) by Democrat-aligned Public Policy Polling finds President Trump leading Democratic challenger Joe Biden, 48%-47%.
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