Election 2016

Long Lines At Polling Locations In Houston On Super Tuesday

Voters were casting ballots late into the night at one community center in Harris County.

The polling location at the Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, in Montrose, also had a long line that persisted after the time the polls closed, at 7 pm.
The polling location at the Bering Memorial United Methodist Church in Montrose had a long line of voters after the polls closed at 7 p.m.

Some voters in Harris County complained about long lines on Super Tuesday.

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

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At one polling location Houston’s East End, people were waiting until after 10 p.m. to cast their ballots.

Rosalind Reed, a 35 year-old credit control analyst, was one of them.

She was in line to vote by 7 p.m. at the De Zavala Community Center. She left the polling location around 10:15 p.m. with her 6-year-old son Ryan after casting her ballot. At that time, there was still a group of about 10 people waiting to vote.

“People in this community vote and everyone should have a right and speedy way to vote,” Reed said as she exited the polling location. “Now, I understand that there are gonna be lines, but this is… It’s kind of ridiculous.” 

Reed added she never thought about going home because she wants to set an example for her son.

Rachel Cardenas was the presiding election judge at De Zavala and responsible for making sure people got to vote.

She explained that the location started with only four voting machines.

Noticing a big turnout, Cardenas asked election officials for more machines sometime after 8 a.m.

“Twice they called me to say they were working on it and about 5:30 (p.m.) they brought two,” Cardenas explained. “At 7 o’clock we had a long line, all the way around or most of the block.”

Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart acknowledged there were long waits at several locations.

“The voters have been exceeding our expectations,” Stanart noted. “We have sent out a number of machines throughout the day to locations that said that they were, you know, getting overwhelmed.”

Besides De Zavala Community Center, there were reports of long waits at three other locations in Harris County, including a church in Montrose and an elementary school in southwest Houston.

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