Elections

Galveston County Polling Locations To Remain Open Until 8:45 PM

Galveston voters have a couple extra hours to cast their ballots this evening. State District Judge John Ellisor ordered that polling locations stay open until 8:54 p.m. because of a problem with voting machines this morning. Galveston County Clerk Dwight Sullivan says machines weren't calibrated early enough this morning.

“The first thing it does is it spits out a report called a zero report, and that verifies that that machine that you’re opening up does not have any ballots on it, and it’s cleared and ready to go. That’s something new that we didn’t anticipate, and the poll workers on the field did not anticipate taking so long.”

The problem caused delays at most of the county’s 45 voting centers, with some taking over an hour to get up and running.

Votes cast during the extended voting hours, however, may not be included in tonight’s voting totals — under Texas election law, they must be considered provisional ballots, which must be certified by the voter registrar.

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