Democrats overperformed on Election Day.
The majority of the toss-up races went their way.
And one governor just ordered a voting machine investigation that has Democrats panicked.
Radical leftist Lina Hidalgo won her race for Harris County judge by 17,000 votes over Republican challenger Alexandra Mealer.
In this election controversies bubbled up over voting machines failing which caused long lines and potentially kept some voters from casting their ballot.
“The problems at the site, east of downtown, began before the polls opened: an election clerk quit and the voting machines were not set up, county election officials said,” The New York Times reported about the Election Day fiasco.
A judge ruled polls could stay open for an additional hour, but the votes cast during that extended hour may not count.
“But the votes cast during that extra hour may not count: State officials asked the Texas Supreme Court to intervene and stay the order, and the court did so. Any provisional ballots cast after 7 p.m. will be set aside, according to the county elections administrator,” The New York Times also reported.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott was not happy with this election controversy.
Governor Abbott issued a statement calling on all relevant authorities – including the secretary of state, attorney general, and the Texas Rangers – to investigate this matter.
“I’m calling on the Secretary of State, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Texas Rangers to initiate investigations into allegations of improprieties in the way that the 2022 elections were conducted in Harris County,” Governor Abbott stated. “The allegations of election improprieties in our state’s largest county may result from anything ranging from malfeasance to blatant criminal conduct. Voters in Harris County deserve to know what happened. Integrity in the election process is essential. To achieve that standard, a thorough investigation is warranted.”
Americans need to have confidence in election outcomes.
Democracy and self-government cannot function without it.
But if Americans are to trust election outcomes, then elections need to function properly.
There is little chance the voting machine meltdown in Harris County cost Mealer 17,000 votes against Hidalgo.
Texas – however – was not the only state where voting machines broke down on Election Day.
In Arizona’s Maricopa County – the most populous county in the state – voting machine tabulators in 48 percent of the county’s voting centers malfunctioned on Election Day due to a printer error.
This led to mass confusion as voters were unsure if their vote would count if they checked in and if they should check in at all because if they did, they could not vote at another voting center.
Officials in Maricopa County refuse to come clean or respond to inquiries to clear up the mess.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott wants to run for president in 2024 or 2028 so Abbott wants to make sure Republicans see him getting out in front of this issue.
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