Thousands of Mail-In Ballots Rejected in First Election Under Texas’ New Voting Law

(PresidentialInsider.com)- The first primary of the 2022 Midterm elections was held in Texas on Tuesday. And according to reports, under Texas’ new voting law, thousands of mail-in ballots cast in early voting were rejected.

Under the new Texas voting law, only voters who are over 65, disabled, out of town, or in jail on election day are permitted to cast a ballot by mail. Those casting mail-in ballots must include the same ID number they provided when they registered to vote.

NPR reported last month that election officials were rejecting thousands of mail-in ballots from voters whose ID numbers did not match up.

According to reports, some counties had rejected as few as 17 percent of mail-in ballots. However, some counties, including Harris County and El Paso reported much higher numbers of rejected ballots during the first week of early voting.

The New York Times reported that election data from Texas’ largest counties found more than 15,000 ballots had been rejected.

Those with rejected ballots have until March 7 to correct their ballot either in-person or online.

As is usually the case for a primary election, turnout was low in Texas on Tuesday.

Republican Governor Greg Abbot easily defeated his primary opponents, garnering 69 percent of the vote. Former Texas Republican Party chair Allen West came in a distant second with about 12 percent.

On the Democrat side, the gun-grabbing darling of the coasts Beto O’Rourke secured the Democrat nomination with a staggering 91 percent of the vote. In truth, Beto didn’t exactly face any real competition in the race.

Incumbent Attorney General Ken Paxton failed to secure over 50 percent of the vote and will now face a run-off election in May against challenger George P. Bush.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros failed to defeat incumbent House Democrat Henry Cuellar. Cuellar garnered 48.5 percent to Cisneros’ 46.8. However, since neither broke 50 percent, the two will have to face off in May’s run-off as well.

Ocasio-Cortez-endorsed Democrat Socialist candidate Greg Casar, however, won his primary for Congress and given the make-up of the district is likely to coast to an easy win in November.