Officials in Harris County Texas, the state’s most populous county, discovered 10,000 uncounted mail-in ballots last weekend after the primary election. According to the Washington Examiner, a pair of tight Democratic primaries, one for a state House seat and the other for Texas attorney general, are on the line. Officials in the county said the ballots were fed into the tabulation computer but were not included in the preliminary results.
Candis Houston, the trailing Democratic candidate for a state House seat, has conceded the election. The incumbent candidate, Rep. Harold Dutton Jr., said he was perplexed that so many votes had vanished without anyone realizing it. He stated, “It seems to me that somebody should’ve known that 10,000 ballots were missing. If 10,000 ballots were missing and nobody knew that, God help us.”
The former mayor of Galveston, Texas, Joe Jaworski is currently leading civil rights attorney Lee Merritt by 1,418 votes and has claimed victory in the race to become the Democratic nominee for attorney general. However, Merritt has not yet conceded. It is still uncertain who will get the second spot in the May runoff. Republican incumbent Attorney General Ken Paxton also failed to garner 50% of the vote and will face a runoff election in May as well.
There were other delays in the Harris County primaries due to about 1,600 damaged ballot sheets, an election worker shortage, and two voting locations that reported technical difficulties with their voting machines.
Additionally, as a consequence of stricter new voting rules, thousands of mail-in ballots that lacked the required identification were sent back as a result of tighter voting regulations.