Texas Supreme Court docket permits Harris County to rely 2,000 votes after Election Day extension

The Texas Supreme Court dominated on Tuesday that Harris County can rely greater than 2,000 votes that have been solid throughout an prolonged interval of voting on Election Day. 

Harris County, essentially the most populous county in Texas, experienced ballot shortages and issues with voting machines at some polling locations on Election Day, main a choose to increase hours from 7:00 to eight:00 p.m., one hour after state legislation says polls should shut. 

Texas Legal professional Normal Ken Paxton’s workplace had challenged that order in a petition on Monday. 

The state Supreme Court docket dominated Tuesday that the votes can rely, but additionally stated the votes ought to be segregated to find out whether or not the votes solid after 7:00 p.m. would change the result of any races. 

“As a part of the canvass, respondents are ordered to individually establish in the vote tabulations the variety of ‘later solid votes’ for every candidate in every race and for or in opposition to every proposition, in order that candidates, the events, and this Court docket could confirm whether or not the ‘later solid votes’ could be outcome-determinative and in order that the events can assess the extent to which additional litigation is warranted,” the state Supreme Court docket dominated. 

FILE PHOTO: A voter sits on a bench outside a polling location in Texas. 

FILE PHOTO: A voter sits on a bench exterior a polling location in Texas.  (Callaghan OHare/Bloomberg by way of Getty Photographs)

Harris County Legal professional Christian Menefee tweeted that greater than 2,000 votes have been solid after the unique 7:00 p.m. deadline. 

Paxton’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Tuesday. 


Harris County commissioners met on Tuesday afternoon to certify the election. 

A number of polling locations in Harris County didn’t open by 7:00 a.m. on Election Day, together with the BakerRipley Home in downtown Houston, which did not open for over 4 hours as a result of officers misplaced a key, based on Houston Public Media. 

FILE PHOTO: People walk to cast their ballot at the Moody Community Center in Houston, Texas. 

FILE PHOTO: Individuals stroll to solid their poll on the Moody Group Heart in Houston, Texas.  (Brandon Bell/Getty Photographs)

There have been additionally reviews of poll shortages and understaffing at a few of Harris County’s 782 polling places. 


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott referred to as for the Texas Secretary of State, Legal professional Normal, and Texas Rangers to analyze Election Day issues in Harris County, saying that “integrity within the election course of is important.” 


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