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Broken links at county elections page

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

One week before the Texas primary voting day, the Travis County Clerk’s elections website is riddled with broken links and outdated voting information. Speaking to the Commissioners Court during public comment Tuesday, Arthur Graves said the site’s various flaws could have an impact on the voting process. For starters, Graves said the site features countless links all indicating that the previous Hart eSlate voting machines are still in use. Typing eSlate into the search bar on the clerk’s website produces tons of relevant results. On the other hand, searching for the current voting system, ExpressVote by Election Systems and Software, produces only one page about senior voters and voters with special needs. “Mind you,” Graves said, “Tuesday isn’t the first election that we’ve had (the new system).” Other website issues include broken links on the Misdemeanor Records Division and Civil Division pages that Graves said have “been broken for months, if not years.” Downloading the page of elected officials from the elections page sidebar, he noted that links to positions such as county attorney and county clerk are also broken, “along with dozens of others.” According to Graves, this is all following a very long period where the only active link on the site’s Candidate and Political Party Information page was that of the Democratic Party. Finally, he said, after calling party chairs directly, the issue was immediately resolved. “I think we can do better.”

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