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County apologizes for ballot letter mix-up

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Posted at 12:54 AM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 12:12:41-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Nueces County Clerks Office issued an apology for accidentally mailing out letters requesting additional identification from voters using mail-in ballots.

"It was a mistake, it was human error," said Nueces County Clerk Kara Sands, who said she issued the letter last week as soon as she learned of the error.

The 1,500 letters mailed out told those registered voters they needed to provide additional identification.

It turns out that policy only applies to those who are using a mail-in ballot for the very first time, with some going to registered voters to whom the rule doesn't apply.

This morning, the Nueces County Democratic Party called a news conference to criticize the mistake.

"If we have one person who decides as a result that they don't want to vote then that vote has been suppressed," said Nueces County Democratic Party Coretta Graham.

Sands said the error was corrected immediately and not a partisan mistake,

"We have done a very good job of protecting the voters and ensuring our elections are easily accessible for registered voters," Sands said.

The Nueces County Democratic Party wants the county to create a voter protection committee to work alongside the Election Department to combat these types of errors moving forward.