Waller County Abolishes Election Office

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The Waller County Commissioners Court is closing the county elections office amid mounting complaints about voting irregularities.

County Judge Owen Ralston says complaints about voting machine failures, inadequate staffing, and delayed tallies led to the court's decision.

The decision passed on a three-to-two vote Thursday.

Ralston says candidates, voters and party officials had criticized the three-person office for its performance on November seventh and during prior elections.

Ralston says the county tax office will handle voter registration, and the county clerk will handle other election responsibilities.

Also Thursday, the Waller County Leadership Council filed a complaint with the state Attorney General's Office. The group alleges that county election workers discriminated against and disenfranchised black voters.