Travis County Clerk's Office: Some polling issues due to 'multiple no-shows' of workers
AUSTIN, Texas - The Travis County Clerk's Office says that Super Tuesday got off to a rocky start due to multiple no-shows of election judges and poll workers apparently due to fears over the coronavirus.
Officials say the office began implementing its emergency procedures as it became clear that the no-shows were going to be a problem.
“There were about 11 locations on the democratic party side that didn’t have anybody there so we had to send our backup people to those locations. We had another set of locations That were a little larger than that on the Republican side that needed the same kind of help,” said Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir.
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Most locations are reportedly up and running now and officials say they're working on resolutions to get everywhere fully staffed.
Officials say elections staff and other personnel are filling in as emergency recruits.
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The full statement from the Travis County Clerk's Office is as follows:
"Super Tuesday got off to a rocky start due to multiple no-shows of many election judges and poll workers. To the extent that the Elections Office was given a reason, it seems people were fearful of the Coronavirus. The office began implementing its emergency procedures as soon as it became apparent that the number of no-shows was a problem. The Elections staff and other personnel are filling in as emergency recruits. Most locations are up and running now and we’re continuing to work on resolutions to get everywhere fully staffed."
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