“Three South Dallas polling sites down during first hour of voting in local elections” 1/ dallasnews.com/news/elections…
2/ “The affected locations were in the City Council’s District 7, which is home to the most hotly contested council race. The county said all three sites were operational after about an hour.”
3/ “Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said he was ‘very concerned’ about how the county was handling the election after receiving reports of the polling site closures. He said he had heard the sites were closed for far longer than just an hour...”
4/ “‘The integrity of our municipal elections is of the utmost importance,’ he said in a tweet. ‘Too much is at stake in this city. To have polling sites shut down for HOURS in predominantly minority and working class neighborhoods is outrageous.’”
5/ “Donald Parish, one of Bazaldua’s challengers in District 7, said in a tweet that he also received reports about the polling closures. He, too, called for the affected sites to remain open longer.”
6/ “‘This is voter suppression,’ Parish said.”
8/ “The voting machines and equipment being used for the election were purchased in 2019.”
9/ The vendor? ES&S? The type of system? Touchscreens (ballot marking devices) - which mark your “paper ballot” for you even if you are able to do so with a simple pen. I wrote about my concerns here. I don’t know if it’s the voting machines or electronic poll books that failed.
10/ I posted about Dallas’s purchase quite a bit at the time. This is about the electronic poll books used to confirm voter registrations and to activate the BMDs. They got new ones from ES&S after shelling out tons of money to a different poll book vendor (I think Knowink).
11/ Here I discuss concerns with using wi fi or Bluetooth connected pollbooks to activate BMDs (new touchscreen voting machines) so that they can mark your “paper ballot” for you.

Pens don’t require activation. Just sayin. #HandMarkedPaperBallots
12/ Dallas election director (a Democrat) has had a corrupt relationship with ES&S.
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Note that the article does not specify the voting machine supplier or type of voting machine, but I already know they bought ES&S touchscreen ballot marking devices (BMDs). It sounds like it was BMDs that failed but could also have been checkin computers (also ES&S). 2/
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Example of Cherry Picking Propaganda: “Mitch McConnell won in 2020 w/ 18% approval??? Suspicious!!!”

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