40% fewer mail-in ballots in early voting in Texas amid confusion and delays caused by new law
Use of postal voting during early voting has fallen precipitously since 2018, with tens of thousands of voters — especially Republicans — abandoning forms after two years of baseless GOP claims that mail-in voting facilitates fraud.
By the end of early voting on Friday, about 77,000 mail-in ballots had been processed in Texas’ 15 most populous counties, representing 0.7% of registered voters. Four years ago, the total was 126,000, or about 1.3% of voters in those counties. (The Secretary of State does not provide statewide early vote totals for the 2018 election.)