Problems at polling places in Galveston County led to widespread delays in voting this morning in the coastal county south of Houston. As a result, a state district judge has ordered county election officials to extend voting time until almost 9 p.m., the New York Times is reporting.
"I think it's the right thing to do," County Judge Mark Henry told the Times. "We would have liked for it to have gone perfectly and flawlessly, but that's not always possible when you've got so much technology involved."
Local Democratic officials accused the county of failing to properly plan for the election, disenfranchising voters in the process. The chairman of the Galveston County Democratic Party said he's considering filing a lawsuit against the county clerk. "Whether it's on purpose or incompetence, the end result is, people were disenfranchised, and I am really upset about it," Lloyd Criss told the Times.
-- John Gravois