Early voting begins Monday, and now state leaders say a paperwork backlog could cause problems for recently registered Texans. Thousands of citizens who registered just before the October 6th deadline will likely find their names missing from the official voter lists. Election officers say they will be allowed to vote, but they may have to fill out special forms at polling stations or wait a few days to cast a ballot.
A rush of last minute voters wanting to register, and maintenance to a computer database of Social Security numbers is to blame for the potential problem. Lubbock County Elections Administrator Dorothy Kennedy doesn't predict any problems here. "We only have 15 people that have registered at the last minute that are not verified by the state, but if you registered here in Lubbock County at the elections office or with one of the volunteer deputies in Lubbock County we have your verification back from the state; these are just the last minute rushes that hit the Secretary of State's Office, these 15," Kennedy said.
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