Election chief Toni Pippins-Poole filed a request to reopen the election late Friday after ballots from 44 vote tabulating machines were not included in the final tally. Ballots must be counted continuously after polls close. Once tallying votes stops, the election is complete; a judge must order any additional counting. Judge Emily G. Tobolowsky will consider the request. Between the parties, 317,000+ ballots (233,014 Dem 83,997 GOP) were counted, according to unofficial results on election website.
Dem turnout nearly hit a record, second only to 2008 when 298,612 Democrats voted. This was the 1st primary election with Dallas County using new voting machines, called “ballot makers.” Voters insert a blank sheet of paper into a machine and use a touch screen to make their selection. When done, the machine prints out their choices with a bar code representing the decisions.