PollWatch 2012: Voting Extended in Galveston

Enough about Dallas, let’s talk about the Gulf.

The Houston Chronicle’s reporting that, due to voting machine glitches, the polls will remain open for two extra hours in Galveston County:

District Judge John Ellisor ordered that polling places remain open until 8:54 p.m. at the request of officials from the Democratic and Republican parties, said Neil Baron, attorney for the Democrats.

The order said that all votes cast after 7 p.m. would be cast as provisional ballots.

The polls opened at 7 a.m., but the voting machines at all 45 polling places took longer than expected to complete a process known as “zeroing out” whereby the machine verifies that no votes are recorded before voting starts, County Clerk Dwight Sullivan said.

That means two extra hours before Texas’ statewide numbers are known, so get some coffee.



  • Jim

    Counting all votes cast after 7pm as provisional should be against the law. If you are in line by 7pm it should not be provisional!