No show election judge causes delays

November 4, 2008 10:41:38 AM PST
Houston area residents are heading to the polls in record number this Election Day. So far there have been no reports of widespread problems, but a few have occurred.The only known problems we've heard of so far happened at a polling site at the Towne Plaza Apartments on Wild Indigo. According to the Harris County Clerk's office, the precinct judge decided that she didn't want to work today and called in at 6:50am saying that she was not going to be there. So poll workers weren't able to get the poling site open on time and it was almost 8am before anyone could even vote.

"It certainly has made me late for everything that I wanted to do today, but anyway but I got my vote cast," said voter Billy Gill. "So that is good enough."

"I certainly would want the time extended by at least 40 minutes," added voter Jorie Hendrickson. "I saw a lot of people go home or go to work."

There hasn't really been a problem of long delays at a polling location on West Gray, which is one of the largest precincts in the city of Houston. At that location, things turned out differently. If you were in line early, it paid off. You were able to get in and get out quickly.

The only problem was a lot of people showed up thinking this was the precinct in which they were supposed to vote, but it turned out it wasn't the correct precinct for many of them, including a woman who was in line at 2am. She apparently slept in her car last night and when she got inside, she learned she was supposed to be at another precinct.

The county clerk's office is still trying to decide whether to extend the hours of the polling location that opened up late.

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