Nearly 23,000 ballots went uncounted in 187 counties across the state, mostly due to new voter ID requirements.
Even country music legend Willie Nelson ran into trouble voting by mail in this year’s March 1 primary under a controversial new election law in Texas. The musician’s wife, Annie D’Angelo-Nelson, told the American statesman from Austin that she and Nelson had their absentee ballot applications rejected twice before finally being accepted in the Travis County, due to errors in the identifying information they provided.
D’Angelo-Nelson told the Statesman that she’s worried other Texans facing the same obstacles won’t have the same outcome. “If they do it to Willie Nelson, what happens to an 89-year-old woman at home without much help?” D’Angelo said to the statesman. “I’m 65, and I’m quite technologically capable, and I can find ways. But what’s happening to all these people? It’s just not fair.”