Isabel Longoria, who has resigned and will only remain in office until July 1, blames the county Republican Party for the delays.
The Harris County GOP party has not yet responded to our questions.
“At the last minute, we see the Republican Party changing the rules of the game,” Longoria said. “They throw up their hands and say, ‘We made the mess, but now you have to clean it up.'”
Harris County officials have asked county employees to volunteer for the agency so they can help collect voting equipment and said the system sped up the process when it was used in the last May 7 election .
But now Longoria says Republican leaders have asked the electoral judges to do it themselves, which goes against the district’s plan.
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“Instead of processing 260 vehicles, we now have to process 520 vehicles,” she said. “It’s forced us to move from our secure emergency technology center to the NRG arena complex almost overnight so we have space to process all of this.”
She has sent a letter to Republican electoral judges, urging them to ignore the GOP party’s recommendations. Longoria said about 40 electoral judges have agreed to join the district plan. She said there would be a delay in counting Tuesday’s results but blamed politics.
“We’re learning and tweaking and making sure it’s better and more efficient,” she said.
When asked why she resigned, Longoria said: “Honestly, I understand that after March 1st, it’s politics that got involved in elections again. I understood that at some point the buck would stop, that the county commissioners wanted my head to roll, and that’s my job.”
“In our polarized political system, it is increasingly important that the election officer be both neutral and competent,” said Professor Mark Jones of Rice University. “Because every time we make mistakes, people assume the worst.”
Less than five days before the election, and concerns are growing.
“Harris County could end up deciding who wins or who loses, and we may not find out until Wednesday morning at the earliest,” Jones explained. “It could be late in the day on Wednesday if we have problems like we have in the past.”
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