For several hours this afternoon, voters were not able to get into the polling site because of an HPD SWAT scene near Briargate Elementary School. They reopened around 2pm and have had a steady flow of voters since then. Fort Bend County election officials have confirmed a judge issued a court order to extend the voting until 8:30pm. Other locations will close voting at 7pm as scheduled.
As of 5pm, the Harris County clerk's office indicated a very low voter turnout, with some inner city polling locations having just six or 10 voters between 7am and noon. Just south of 610, it was the same story. And at Abiding Wood Lutheran School on Red Oak Drive, which caters to many elderly voters, the weather was just too cold and rainy for them to get out and cast ballots.
Storms knocked out power to a couple of polling locations on the northwest side of town. Election officials got generators to them and they opened up 20 to 30 minutes late. But as we understand, there were no voters there anyway.
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