A state district judge ordered Harris County to operate nine polling locations until 8 p.m., an hour after they were scheduled to close. The polling sites experienced issues with technology or were delayed in opening Tuesday morning.
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A poll worker in Houston, Texas, was relieved of her duties and escorted from the polling location after hurling racist comments and bumping into a voter. She now faces a criminal assault charge.
Voters in Harris County are seeing long lines at multiple polling locations because of problems with check-in technology and voting machines.
The voter, in Bee Cave, Texas, says poll workers did not ask the question of others. The Texas secretary of state’s office says poll workers are not instructed to ask about citizenship status. (The following article is in Spanish.)
Following up on tips received by Electionland, The Dallas Morning News reported on the fierce, often confrontational, and entirely legal electioneering — which some voters described as intimidating — taking place outside some polling locations in the region.
Some residents in Garland, Texas, say they received a postcard featuring an image of a bloody fetus. They have at least one thing in common: yard signs supporting Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke. It is unclear who sent the postcards.
Volunteer Korean translators hoping to help voters understand their ballots say an election judge in one Harris County precinct told them to stand outside the 100-foot electioneering line. According to the county, voters who need a translator must bring their own — volunteers offering their services inside polling places are “simply not allowed.”
The Texas secretary of state’s office has warned that some voters who use Hart eSlate voting machines — in place in more than 80 counties — have reported seeing their choices flip to the other party’s candidate for Senate when they try to cast a straight ticket. The company says it’s user error. The Texas Tribune explains how voters can be sure their ballot is cast as intended.
Tempers are flaring during early voting in Dallas County, Texas, and reports of voter intimidation are on the rise. The county’s nonpartisan election administrator said that the harassment — including name-calling and interrogating voters waiting in line — is the worst she’s seen in decades.
“I’ve been here for 30 years, and this harassment that’s going on, I haven’t ever seen the likes of this,” said Toni Pippins-Poole, the county’s election director. “I’ve seen some other things, props being used and whatnot, but nothing like this type of mentality or aggressiveness or demeaning type of actions.”
Following coverage from Electionland partner the Houston Chronicle, the Harris County Clerk’s Office reversed instructions singling out voters who were wearing T-shirts promoting three progressive groups and stopping them from entering polling places.
The Texas secretary of state’s office has asked the state’s attorney general to investigate a mailer sent by the state’s Democratic Party this year that critics say could entice noncitizens to register to vote.
The mailer, sent out in late September and early October, included a voter registration form for the recipient to fill out. Though most of the form was left blank, a checkbox indicating that the person filling out the form was a U.S. citizen was pre-checked.
Travis County, Texas — the home of Austin — has experienced a massive spike in voter registrations this cycle, which officials there attribute to the heightened interest in the state’s competitive Senate race. The county received around 35,000 registrations on the final day to submit them — that’s 10,000 more than on the same day in 2016.
While the increase in voter participation is good news, the recent surge is complicated by the fact that the registrations were submitted on paper. Texas is one of only 13 states not to have online voter registration. About a dozen county employees are now sifting through thousands of applications, verifying them and entering them into the state’s voter rolls by hand.
A campaign staffer for a Texas Democratic congressional candidate was briefly arrested at the Waller County Courthouse after delivering a letter demanding that the county address problems with the voter registration status of students at Prairie View A&M, a local, historically black university.
Days before the voter registration deadline in Texas, Waller County realized half of registered students at Prairie View A&M, a local, historically black university, were being sent to the wrong polling place.