KHOU 11 Investigates discovered that 121 voting centers did not initially receive enough ballot paper to cover voter turnout.
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — The shortage of ballot paper at some Harris County voting centers on election day was more widespread than the Elections Administration Office estimated, according to a KHOU 11 analysis of equipment and voter turnout records.
The county’s post-election analysis on the extent of the shortage was “largely inconclusive.” After reviewing help desk logs and calling presiding and alternate election judges, the county estimated 46 to 68 voting centers ran out of their initial allotment of paper.
KHOU 11 Investigates compared ballot paper packets allocated to the total number of votes cast and discovered 121 voting centers did not initially receive enough ballot paper to cover voter turnout. The county allotted each of the locations six ballot paper packets, or enough for 600 ballots. But the total votes cast exceeded that amount, sometimes by hundreds of ballots. For example, 946 election day ballots were cast at the Bellaire Civic Center, 990 at Warner Elementary School, and 1,037 at Salyards Middle School.
The election day controversy left some voters and election judges furious.
“How does this happen? How do you run out of paper?” voter Sharan Gaunia said on election day.
“I’ve never heard anything so basic as running of ballots,” longtime election presiding judge Terry Wheeler said.
The Harris County Republican Party, which has a pending lawsuit against the Elections Administration Office, said it wasn’t aware of the scope of the shortage. MORE. h/t Brad
Does anyone ever get fired for such incompetency, or can one just go “oops” and all is forgiven?
Psssssst… theres no shortage. They’re just sitting in container ships sitting 40 miles off the California coast!
Don’t forget Dallas County Governor.