The Secretary of State’s office confirmed it would report presidential primary votes at the Senate district level on Election night as it has in past presidential primaries. This is important, because a majority of the delegates a Democratic presidential candidate “wins” is based on results in each of the state’s 31 districts.
Earlier today (Wednesday), the Texas Democratic Party said it had been advised that the new election results reporting system would not be able to allocate presidential primary votes by Senate district on Election night.
“Texans deserve to know who won their election,” said a tweet posted to the party’s official Twitter account. “If, in fact, the [Secretary of State] refuses to report all of the election results, including presidential preference by senate district, it is a violation of the public trust and fails Texans.”
The state party allocates more than half of its delegates based on Senate district performances, which would have meant that candidates’ final delegate counts would not have been known for potentially several days after the primary election. Democratic caucus results from Iowa were delayed by two days because of issues connected with a new application designed to tabulate votes from more than 1,600 caucus sites.
A spokesperson for the Secretary of State said the allegations made by the Democratic Party were “categorically false,” reported the Texas Tribune’s Alexa Ura.
Voter Guides: The League of Women Voters has published its nonpartisan Texas Primary Voter Guide, which can be found at vote411.org. It is available in English and Spanish. Local candidate information is also available in many communities in Texas.
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