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Voting by mail in Texas under the new rules

I have been voting by mail for the last 12 years. It has always been a simple process. But this year's experience with vote-bymail is far more difficult than it used to be. In some counties, half of the applications are being rejected because of identity problems that don't appear to be the fault of the applicants as much as the fault of inadequate or inaccurate databases available to election clerks and confusing application forms.


Trump Supporters, Antifa, Left Wing, Radicals, Racists, Democrats, Republicans. You don't have to look very hard to find these and other labels used as a shorthand way to describe complex ideas, positions and beliefs.

Analysis: The Texas storms — actual and political — of 2021

2021 was the second year of the pandemic. The Texas Legislature met in regular session, as usual, but then followed that session with three special sessions on issues that had to be done (redistricting) and on issues lawmakers didn’t address during that 140-day regular session. The issue of drawing new political maps came late, because the pandemic delayed the 2020 census. Others — new voting and election laws, and restrictions on what can be taught in public schools, for instance — were priority issues for Republicans at the legislative and at the statewide level, and could be the subject of debate in 2022’s election cycle.


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