Criminal Justice

Crystal Mason’s contentious illegal voting conviction must be reconsidered, criminal appeals court says

Posted on · Mason said she didn’t know she was ineligible to vote when she cast a provisional ballot in 2016, but she was sentenced to five years. Now, the Court of Criminal Appeals says an appellate court that affirmed her conviction must look again at the evidence of Mason’s intent.

Town Square

What you need to know for Election Day, plus how you can support Ukrainians here in Texas

Posted on · Harris County's Election Administrator discusses new voting machines, ballots, and other regulations in place as you head to the polls, and the Ukrainian American Society of Texas shares what they’re doing in this time of crisis to support Ukrainian Texans.

Politics

Election officials say Texas’ new ID rules for voting by mail could cause more ballots to get rejected

Posted on · The requirement is part of Texas' new voting law, Senate Bill 1. A provision of the law requires that the ID number on the application for a vote-by-mail ballot, as well as the ballot itself, match the ID number a voter used to register to vote.

Politics

Texas election officials blame new voting law for rise in rejected mail-in ballot applications

Posted on · All over the state, county officials report they’re rejecting hundreds of applications for mail-in ballots, an issue several attribute to recent election law changes championed by state Republicans.

Houston Matters

Why COVID hospitalization rates among children are at their highest (Jan. 12, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: We examine why COVID-19 hospitalization rates among children are at their highest level since the beginning of the pandemic, and food writers discuss their favorite places for appetizers.