Drive-through Voting. 24-Hour Polling Places. Finger Condoms. Welcome to Election 2020 in Harris County.
When Democrats complain about voter disenfranchisement, they usually refer to the many Republican-led attempts to restrict voting by mail, purge voter rolls, and close polling places in minority communities. But in Democratic-controlled Harris County, the March 3 primary was a blue-on-blue debacle. Democratic primary voters in several predominantly minority neighborhoods were forced to wait as many as six hours in line to cast their votes, largely because of decisions made by county clerk Diane Trautman, a Democrat. In Harris County, the Republican party refused to share voting machines with Democrats, leaving the county clerk, who has expansive authority to conduct local elections, to decide how to allocate them. Because only the Democrats had a contested presidential primary race, Trautman should have foreseen that their turnout…View Original Post
Source: Texas Monthly