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The Latest: Officials: Change of address won’t affect voting

October 13, 2018

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a change of address issue possibly affecting voting by students at Prairie View A&M (all times local):

7:25 p.m.

Texas’ secretary of state says students at Prairie View A&M University will be allowed to vote in November’s election without having to fill out change of address forms, and that officials will be stationed at a campus polling location to ensure there are no problems casting ballots.

Democrats had complained that Waller County officials might block students from voting because of issues over addresses they used to register to vote.

Secretary of State Rolando Pablos convened a conference call Friday with Waller County officials, the heads of the county’s Democratic and Republican parties, and Democratic congressional candidate Mike Siegel.

They later issued a joint statement saying no change of address form “will be required prior to voting,” though students will be able to update their address after casting ballots.

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11:15 a.m.

Democrats in Waller and Harris counties are pressuring officials to update the status of Prairie View A&M University students whose voter registrations are in jeopardy over an address issue.

The Houston Chronicle reports that Waller County officials say the Texas Secretary of State’s office is restricting them from fixing the registrations. But Democrats say Waller County incorrectly registered the Prairie View students, arguing that students shouldn’t have to fill out change-of-address forms.

Thousands of students learned they could’ve registered under the wrong address on Tuesday, the final day to register to vote. The mix-up partly stems from how students receive mail through a single P.O. box system.

A member of 10th Congressional District Democratic nominee Mike Siegel’s campaign was arrested at the Waller County courthouse Wednesday after delivering a letter regarding the registration issue.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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