Unprecedented delays at County Clerk’s Office punctuate round-the-clock Houston’s election coverage

First boxes of election day results arriving downtown. County Clerk’s office says due to the delays in process, they would not be able to accommodate any media requests for early morning newscasts, including access to the election office.

International Guardian – Houston, TX. A minute-by-minute election coverage of a nerve-wracking 2019 Houston’s citywide election coverage has been interrupted by unprecedented delays at County Clerk’s Office. As of 11:56 p.m. an official report provided results from 176 voting centers while the Central Counting Board worked diligently processing figures in what the County office described as “a secure and efficient manner.”

At 2:30 a.m. however, the county issued a statement:

“Due to the delay in election results, our office will not be able to accommodate any media requests for early morning newscasts, including access to the election office.  The final unofficial results will be emailed as soon as they are available, but the next media availability will not be until 2 p.m. at the Harris County Clerk’s Office at 201 Caroline, 4th floor conference room.”

The delays are anticipated, International Guardian gathered. It may be recalled that late in October, the Secretary of State issued an election advisory requiring Harris County Clerk’s office and law enforcement to drive mobile ballot box cards from each of the 757 Election Day polling sites to the downtown central counting station.

The previous plan, considered more effective, required bringing the cards to ten drop-off sites spread around the county to transmit electronically.

Meanwhile, incumbent, Sylvester Turner currently leads mayoral race over his closest contenders, Anthony Buzbee and Bill King. With 23 percent of the votes in, as of press time, Mayor Turner led with 47 percent, compared to Tony Buzbee with 29 percent and Bill King with 13 percent. If Mayor Sylvester Turner doesn’t reach the 50 percent mark needed to win in Tuesday’s election, a runoff election would be held.

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