FAST FIVE: Texas Ballot Snafu Latest Example Of America Headed For Election Crisis 

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Texas Ballot Snafu Latest Example Of America Headed For Election Crisis  Tyler Durden Thu, 10/29/2020 – 13:45 Days before the Nov.

They can't read mail-in ballots – causing panic among local officials who are running election workers around the clock to replicate certain ballots for a recount, reported CBS DFW.  These problems have developed as Texas, a traditionally Republican state, is now considered a “toss-up” between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.  So far, Tarrant County ballot-scanning machines have rejected about one-third of mail-in ballots, or about 22,000.  County elections administrator Heider Garcia addressed this issue Tuesday night to county commissioners. Garcia said bar codes on some ballots are illegible by machines causing them to be automatically rejected.  Tarrant County normally uses in-house ballot printing – but the virus pandemic forced local officials earlier this year to outsource ballots from Runbeck Election Services in Phoenix, Arizona, due to the expectations of social distancing would keep people at home and vote via mail.  For readers who are interested in how the “ballot replication” process works.

Ballot board members will then compare a print out of those choices, to the original ballot that was sent in, to verify the choices match.” In response to the ballot-machine debacle, Runbeck Elections Services released this statement: “We were concerned to learn that some Tarrant County ballots are not able to be scanned properly by Hart Intercivic tabulation machines, as Runbeck Election Services is a certified ballot printer for Hart Intercivic.

Runbeck Election Services is working with Tarrant County elections officials to investigate if the problem is printing-related or scanning-related.

Once the investigation is complete, we will offer our support to all partners and vendors involved to determine the appropriate next steps to ensure that all ballots are properly tabulated.” Here's CBS DFW's video reporting of the ballot-machine debacle in Tarrant.  As counties and states scramble with processing mail-in ballots, there will be unexpected errors, such as the one in Texas.

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