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Harris County releases November election report

Immediately after the complaints began rolling in, Clifford Tatum, the county’s new elections administrator, mentioned he could be investigating.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Nearly two months after the November common election, a report has been launched hoping to shed some mild on what could or could not have gone fallacious.

Immediately after the November election, complaints of points at polling places poured into the election’s office. There was even a lawsuit filed by the Harris County Republican Party alleging paper shortages at polling locations disenfranchised voters on Election Day. 

Immediately after the complaints, Clifford Tatum, the county’s new elections administrator, mentioned he could be investigating. 

“I have to take that to heart and determine exactly, what was that, what caused that, and then ensure that that doesn’t happen again,” Tatum mentioned in November.

Now, almost two months later, that investigation has been launched, but it surely does not have lots of solutions.

In Tatum’s report, he mentioned they had been capable of communicate with most election judges however many offered complicated solutions. Some even declined to talk.

“The EAO staff was unable to gather information from all PJs and AJs because several judges advised EAO staff that they were instructed not to talk with the EAO staff about Election Day operations, including ballot paper due to the District Attorney’s announced criminal investigation, litigation brought by the Harris County Republican Party, and pending election contests,” the report learn. “Although EOA staff was able to speak to most of the PJs and AJs, many of them provided confusing answers and some declined to speak after reportedly being advised not to do so by the Harris County Republican Party.”

Harris County Republican Party Chair Cindy Siegel denied that the get together suggested election judges to not communicate to elections workers, in keeping with the Texas Tribune

The report mentioned their name logs replicate that the assistance desk acquired calls from 46 voting facilities requesting further paper on Election Day, however the report didn’t point out the facilities ran out of paper and had turned voters away consequently. 

The report additionally mentioned the election office’s evaluation is essentially inconclusive attributable to the truth that a number of judges from the identical voting facilities gave conflicting experiences and that many responses didn’t clarify whether or not the facilities needed to flip voters away. 

The report particulars different points, together with places opening late and 170 voting facilities inside faculty buildings that weren’t capable of arrange in keeping with plan as a result of the varsity districts had been closed the day earlier than to have fun the Astros World Series Parade. 

The election’s office mentioned it should proceed reviewing the processes and can implement programs to make sure such a problem isn’t encountered sooner or later.

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