The Texas Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Harris County can count more than 2,000 votes that were cast during the extended voting period on Election Day.
Harris County, Texas’ most populous county, experienced a shortage of ballots and problems with voting machines at some polling places on Election Day, prompting a judge to close the hours from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. extended, an hour after state law says polling is mandatory. Close.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office challenged the order in a filing Monday.
The state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the votes could be counted, but also said the votes must be separated to determine whether votes cast after 7:00 p.m. were of any race. will change the results.
“As part of the canvass, respondents are instructed to separately identify the number of ‘votes subsequently cast’ for each candidate in the vote tabulation and for or against each proposition. , so that the candidates, the parties, and this Court can determine whether the “later votes” will determine the outcome and so that the parties can assess the extent to which further litigation is warranted,” State The Supreme Court gave a decision.
Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee tweeted that more than 2,000 votes were cast after the original 7 p.m. deadline.
Paxton’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
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Harris County Commissioners met Tuesday afternoon to certify the election.
Several polling places in Harris County failed to open by 7:00 a.m. on Election Day, including the Baker Ripley House in downtown Houston, which did not open for more than four hours because officials misplaced a key, Houston Public According to the media.
There were also reports of ballot shortages and staff shortages at some of Harris County’s 782 polling locations.
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed the Texas Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Texas Rangers to investigate election day problems in Harris County, saying “integrity is essential in the election process.”