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Some 'motor voters' have trouble voting

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Some Texas voters have been going to the polls to vote only to find out that there is no record of their registrations.

The affected voters are so-called "motor voters" – those who registered to vote while getting or renewing a driver's license at a Department of Public Safety license office. Each DPS office is supposed to send that information to the Secretary of State for forwarding to the appropriate county.

However, according to Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole, more than two-dozen such voters have found their registration has not made it to their home counties.

Still, those affected can still vote, Pippins-Poole said, by filling out provisional ballots at their polling locations. Local elections offices will take it from there.

"If we can verify the information, in which the DPS office should … we are going to count your provisional ballot," Pippins-Poole said.

An elections office only needs to know when a voter received their license, which most people renew on or near their birthdates.


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