Nearly 25K Texans’ absentee votes – representing one out of every eight absentee voters – did not get counted because of new requirements for absentee ballots. The statewide rejection rate was 12.4%, a dramatic increase from the 2020 rate of around 1%.

County election officials rejected 14,281 Democratic ballots and 10,355 Republican ballots, according to the Secretary of State’s office. Looking just at absentee voters, those figures represent 13% of Democratic absentee ballots and 12% of Republican absentee ballots. As a result, 1.3% of all Democratic primary voters and 0.5% of all Republican voters’ ballots were rejected.

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