A manual being using to train election judges for next week’s elections contains inaccurate information, reflecting a new voter identification law that has not yet taken effect, Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart said Monday. Stanart said his office caught the error after the first training class last Monday and since has provided correct information to election workers.
State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, said two confused election judges contacted his office last week, concerned the manual was implementing Texas’ new voter identification law a year early.
The controversial law is praised by mostly Republican supporters, who say it will reduce voter fraud, and slammed by mostly Democratic critics, who say such fraud is a false menace and complain the law could disenfranchise the poor, young and elderly.
Beginning Jan. 1, the law will require residents to show one of several forms of photo identification in addition to their voter registration cards before casting their ballots.
For the Nov. 8 elections, a voter registration card alone still will be sufficient.