If some Republican candidates woke up this morning and found out they narrowly lost their races, they shouldn’t blame the Democratic Party. They should look at their fellow Republicans in the Legislature who passed a law last year that added new requirements for those who want to vote by mail in the name of “election security,” even though no major problems have been reported with the security of mailed ballots in Texas.
Early estimates were that voting by mail was down 40% in this primary election, and that had to hurt Republican candidates proportionately more. Many older Texans vote by mail for Republican candidates — if they can, that is. But with so many mailed ballots rejected this year, mostly because the voter didn’t put the proper ID number on the return envelope, that had to affect Republican candidates.