Elections 2020Local NewsDallas County Braces for Recount Following Super Tuesday Primaries, Thumb Drives to Undergo Manual Evaluation

The recount will follow after thumb drives containing vote results either arrived late or came from machines not scheduled to be in use on Super Tuesday.
March 9, 2020
The primary election for Democrat and Republican candidates held in Dallas County last week will likely result in a recount.

Dallas County elections administrator Toni Pippins-Poole petitioned the District Court on Friday to allow a manual recount of the back-up paper ballots in the election.

The 298th District Court with Judge Emily Tobolowsky is scheduled to hear the matter on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

When reviewing the results last week, Pippins-Poole discovered a discrepancy with 44 thumb drives that provide voting results. Dallas County had 454 vote centers in the most recent primary.

According to her official statement, some 16 thumb drives did not arrive at her office in a timely manner and 28 were from machines that weren’t scheduled to be used on primary voting day.

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“The recount requested would involve taking the paper ballots from the ballot boxes of those 44 scanner and tabulator machines and running the paper ballots through the central counting station tabulator,” the petition states.

“Further, the Dallas County Elections Administrator asks the Court to set a date and time for the recount to occur so all parties authorized under the Texas Election Code may attend the recount and observe.”

It is not clear from the currently available information how many ballots this represents, whether it will change the results of any of the races, nor from which voting locations the thumb drives were missing.  

The Dallas County Democrat ballot had over 40 contested races on the ballot and the ballot for Republicans had 14 contested races.

Dallas County instituted countywide voting last year so that voters can cast their ballots anywhere in the county, not just in their local precinct.

The machines utilized by Dallas County allow voters to cast their votes electronically then print a back-up paper ballot.  

Update: Information from parties involved have informed The Texan that the hearing is now scheduled for tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. A previous version of this story relied on information obtained from a separate news source that the hearing was originally scheduled for today. We have updated the piece accordingly.


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Kim Roberts

Kim Roberts is a reporter for the Texan in the DFW metroplex area where she has lived for over twenty years. She has a Juris Doctor from Baylor University Law School and a Bachelor's in government from Angelo State University. In her free time, Kim home schools her daughter and coaches high school extemporaneous speaking and apologetics. She has been happily married to her husband for 23 years, has three wonderful children, and two dogs.