By PAUL J. WEBER and ACACIA CORONADO
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Early voting in the first primary of the 2022 midterm elections are underway in Texas. Polls opened Monday under a rushed rollout of tougher voting restrictions that were passed last fall by state Republicans. Elections officials in Houston say voters are confused about the new rules and that 40% of the first mail ballots that came in were sent back for not including required new information. Texas Secretary of State John Scott says voters are getting used to the new process and that he expects things to run smoother in the May runoffs and general election in November.