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In America, our responsibility as citizens is to vote. Your state government’s responsibility is to protect that vote. How is your state doing on holding up its end of the bargain?

 

 SAFEGUARD A: PROOF OF RESIDENCY 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD B: ID + SIGNATURE VERIFICATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD C: VERIFIED REGISTRATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 IS MAIL-IN VOTING IN PLACE? 

NO

Election Day

PROBLEM: Texas is the site of hot legal disputes over mail-in voting in 2020

  • After several decisions and appeals, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that while coronavirus concerns do not qualify as a disability under Texas law, county auditors and boards of election have no way to verify why a voter checked “disability” as a reason for voting absentee
     

  • That decision essentially leaves the authority with individuals on whether they should request an absentee ballot on the basis of coronavirus concerns

  • The National Redistricting Foundation, led by Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder, is suing Texas to pay for return postage on absentee ballots, extend the window on accepting ballots, offer a “curing period” for ballots with unmatched signatures, and legalize ballot harvesting (i.e., allowing third parties to collect and deliver completed ballots)
     

  • Meanwhile, the Secretary of State issued an 8-page report detailing other ways voters can protect themselves at the polls, including bringing hand sanitizer, using curbside voting, and social distancing.

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUt texas

WHERE CAN I FIND MY POLLING PLACE?

Click here to find your local polling place.

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF VOTERS CAST VOTES BY MAIL IN 2016 & 2018?

2016: 5%     2018: 6%

IS THE VOTING SYSTEM SET UP FOR ABSENTEE OR MAIL-IN VOTING?

Absentee voting: Voters complete an absentee ballot request form and return it to their Elections Office before they are sent a ballot

CAN I REQUEST AND SUBMIT AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR ANY REASON?

NO

HOW DO OFFICIALS VERIFY THE LEGITIMACY OF MY BALLOT APPLICATION?

  • Signature compared two or more previous signatures over the last 6 years

  • Address verified against record

IF THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY BALLOT,

WILL OFFICIALS CALL ME TO CORRECT IT?

NO

WHEN IS MY MAILED BALLOT DUE?

Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day

IS THERE AN EARLY VOTING PERIOD?

Yes – Early voting opens 15 days before and ends 4 days before Election Day

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

You can find more information by clicking here

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IT'S HAPPENING
& THE ISSUES ARE REAL

See news stories and editorials that illustrate why mail-in voting results in lost votes and lost rights.

FEWER POLLING STATIONS & longer lines

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Hundreds of people waited for hours at three in-person voting sites in the Las Vegas area, and the only one in Reno, after polling places were reduced due to the coronavirus.

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harvesting

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Duplicate Registrations

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California’s ambitious effort to automate voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle offices produced almost 84,000 duplicate records and more than twice that number with political party mistakes

post office problems

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Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic.

Inaccurate
Voter Rolls

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The Tims were surprised, and a bit amused when they saw what Cody received in the mail. "We have a voter registration application for Cody Tims! How did this happen? It's not reality, he's a cat and he's been dead for a long time," said Carol Tims.

ballots tossed for a simple mistake

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Slightly more than 23,000 ballots were thrown out, mostly because those voters or their witnesses missed at least one line on a form.

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