LWV Houston - A Win For Texas' New Citizens!
LWV Houston has been in the news! There as been lots of media coverage of Harris County's high rate of rejection of vote by mail applications, most notably during the ABC News program, This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Correspondent, and fill-in host, Martha Raddatz, spoke with Isabel Longoria, Harris County Elections Administrator, LWV Houston president Annie Benefield, and a voter whose application was rejected were a featured story at the top of the broadcast.
In addition to local coverage of the voter registration card "supply chain" issues in the Texas Secretary of State's office, it also caught the attention of Stephen Colbert, host of "The Late Show" on CBS!
LWV Houston working with LWV-Texas, resolved the voter registration application supply chain issue with the Secretary of State's office, but only after demanding Secretary Scott comply with federal law. The Texas Secretary of State's office shipped LWV Houston 10,000 voter registration forms; two volunteers on the Naturalization Committee each received 1,000 additional forms along with the committee chair who received 8,000 printed forms. These arrived via FedEx (with Saturday delivery, no less) on January 22, 2022.
LWV Houston ordered an additional 10,000 blank voter registration forms printed. These forms are earmarked for their ongoing voter registration drives following naturalization ceremonies. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services continues to naturalize approximately 3,500 people per month in the greater Houston metropolitan area. LWV Houston supplies each new citizen with voter registration forms and a congratulatory note with voting information.