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Election Judge Found Dead In Home, Causing Voter Delays

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A polling location in northern Texas faced delays on Election Day after the election judge was found dead in his home.

The Betty Warmack Library in Grand Prairie, Texas, was expected to open at 7 a.m. on Nov. 8, but had to delay that when Judge Gary Cox did not arrive, according to KDFW.

An alternate judge arrived at 8 a.m. to aid in the proceedings, but Cox still held the key to the machines and poll book, according to KHOU.

Poll workers had to manually verify voter information with the Dallas County Elections office until a second poll book arrived.

“We have petitioned the courts to extend the voting here for two hours after close because we did have voters that were in line and a lot of voters did leave because they had to go to work,” Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole explained.

Officials confirmed the library polls did not open until sometime after 9 a.m., causing major voting delays. Pippins-Poole later announced an extension was granted for the polling location, giving Precinct 4502 residents the opportunity to vote until 9 p.m.

Pippins-Poole said Cox was usually reliable, and requested a safety check when she was informed the judge did not arrive to the polls.

Officials responding to the call found the judge dead in his apartment. He is thought to have died of natural causes, according to Dallas News.

Under the terms of the extension, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said ballots cast after 7 p.m. are provisional pending further review of statute and judicial authority.

Sources: KDFW, KHOU, Dallas News / Photo credit: Monica Hernandez/Twitter

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