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Annise Parker is as politically savvy as they come. Her storied career includes six years on the Houston City Council, six years as Houston city controller, and six years as mayor, when she won bipartisan praise for her administrative competence. But even Parker was tripped up by new voting laws that the GOP-dominated Legislature passed last year. Parker and her wife are both older than 65 and traditionally vote by mail. This year, both had their mail-in ballots rejected because they failed to write the ID numbers that they used to register decades ago in the correct spot on the envelope, as Senate Bill 1 requires. Theirs were among the 11,717 absentee ballots—nearly 30 percent of all mail-in votes—that were rejected in Harris County, whose…
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