Legislation set to pass the Texas Senate would give Gov. Abbott’s appointed Secretary of State authority to order new elections in Harris County.
The Texas Senate has passed legislation to allow Gov. Greg Abbott precedent-setting power to overturn elections in Harris County, in order to punish local officials for running out of ballot paper at some polling sites last year.
The legislation, which passed the Senate 19-12, would give Abbott’s appointed Secretary of State authority to order an entirely new election in Harris County if the county ever again runs out of paper at 2 percent or more of its polling sites for over an hour.