Harris Co.’s election administrator announced her resignation during today’s (Tuesday’s) Commissioners Court meeting. Isabel Longoria’s announcement came a little over an hour after County Judge Lina Hidalgo (D) said Longoria would be replaced. It was a rough election for the county’s election officials.
The county, which historically has been among the last to report final unofficial results, was the only one in the state to miss the statutorily required 24-hour deadline. Results were not released until nearly 1 a.m. on Thursday. On Saturday, Longoria’s office reported that a normal post-election reconciliation process revealed 10K mail ballots were scanned but not included in those results. They were included in the canvassed results released today (Tuesday) and did not alter the outcomes of any election.
There were issues with supplies and equipment in multiple vote centers on Election Day. Election officials and poll workers were using new machines that produced a paper ballot, which sprawled across two pages, creating problems not experienced in other counties. Around 1,500 such ballots had to be replicated because they were damaged during the scanning process, and this contributed to the delays in releasing results.
Hidalgo said the issues were “unforced errors” that cannot be accepted.
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