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Harris County Election Day problems polling places open late

Polling places had been open an hour later — till 8 p.m. — on Election Day on account of countywide voting points.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — All 782 Harris County polling places had been open an additional hour on Election Day on account of a courtroom order that was filed over points on the polls all through the day.

All Harris County polling places had been open till 8 p.m.

Voters who bought in line after 7 p.m. had been capable of cast provisional ballots. Provisional ballots had been positioned right into a sealed envelope as a substitute of being inserted into the scanning machine. All provisional ballots had been counted individually on the Central County station inside NRG.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Texas Civil Right Project filed an emergency courtroom order in opposition to Harris County to safe the additional hour of voting. Shortly after submitting, a choose signed and accredited the request.

Harris County Election Administrator Clifford Tatum stated the additional hour was granted on account of late begins and different points at varied voting places throughout the county. Tatum stated his office is wanting into what went incorrect.

“The additional hour provides voters with the opportunity to cast their ballot if they were unable to do so as intended this morning. We are reviewing the circumstances surrounding these late starts,” Tatum stated throughout a information convention simply earlier than 7 p.m.

Early voting outcomes began to be launched at 8 p.m. Tatum stated ultimate outcomes will doubtless be delayed on election night time.

Tatum offers replace

After the choose signed the order, Tatum made a public assertion and answered questions:

Voting points in Harris County

Several points delayed voting throughout the county on Election Day.

A metropolis employee was electrocuted inflicting an influence outage at a park and forcing the Melrose Park voting location to shut.

RELATED: Electrocution prompts closure of Melrose Park voting website, Harris County Elections says

Several folks at totally different polling places stated voting machines had been the rationale for delays.

The election choose at BakerRipley on Navigation Boulevard stated they had been gradual to open as a result of they did not have the proper election supplies dropped off, together with the important thing to open voting machines.

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Voters on the Tracy Gee Community Center reported being despatched away to vote elsewhere due to machine problems.

Around 5:30 p.m. there was a few 45-minute wait on the West Grey multi-service polling location. The polling website had a problem Tuesday morning when 20 machines had been down.

Harris County elections officers stated some places had been coping with paper shortages.

At NRG Arena, 21 of the 44 voting machines had been down round 5:45 p.m.

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