Tarrant County will hold public session on election concerns

The commissioners will have an agenda item during their April 26 meeting to discuss election concerns.

The commissioners will have an agenda item during their April 26 meeting to discuss election concerns.

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The Tarrant County commissioners will have an item on their agenda during their regular meeting April 26 to answer questions and discuss residents’ concerns regarding the county’s elections.

Heider Garcia, the county’s elections administrator, said the item is the result of residents sharing their election concerns during the public comment portion of county commissioners meetings.

The commissioners have legal limitations for responding to citizens who speak on topics that aren’t included on the meeting’s agenda, and this session will allow the commissioners to fully address what’s been brought forward, Garcia said.

“I think it’s an opportunity to educate and address a lot of misconceptions and rumors and theories about how things work out there,” Garcia told the Star-Telegram Tuesday afternoon. “I think it’s important to help build trust that people have first-hand information of how things actually work.”

Audits done the past three years on the county’s elections have all come back clear of issues, County Judge Glen Whitley said during Tuesday’s meeting. March’s primary came back with exact matches on all ballots counts despite issues with a computer system error that delayed primary results.

Whitley told the Star-Telegram Tuesday that he hoped the meeting would help residents understand the intricacy of all the groups involved in the voting process. As far as misconceptions he’s heard, Whitley said some still believe the final vote count is connected to the internet, and that some people are still pushing for paper ballots even though all ballots are evidenced by paper.

Officials Tuesday urged residents with questions they’d like addressed at the meeting to email them to TCAdmin@tarrantcounty.com. The April 26 meeting will be held at 10 am in the Tarrant County Administration Building at 100 E. Weatherford St.

“My main goal is to, again, educate yourself on how the process actually works,” Garcia said. “And then hopefully separate facts from fiction.”

This story was originally published April 12, 2022 3:30 PM.

CORRECTION: This story was clarified to update the matches of the ballots.

CorrectedApr 12, 2022

Abby Church covers Tarrant County government for the Star-Telegram. She has a degree in journalism and creative writing from James Madison University, where she was editor of its award-winning student newspaper, The Breeze. Abby comes to Texas after telling stories across Virginia and in North Carolina. Send news tips via email at achurch@star-telegram.com, by phone or text at 817-390-7131 or on Twitter @abbschurch.

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