GALVESTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A county in southeast Texas will now start fining ballot staff who flip away voters for not carrying face masks or coverings, in line with a brand new order signed by the county’s choose.
Galveston County Choose Mark Henry mentioned Friday that he signed an govt order prohibiting the requirement of face masks at polling websites to make sure all eligible residents can vote no matter whether or not or not they’re carrying one.
“We have now had some issues in Galveston County as not too long ago as late [Friday] morning from sure ballot staff insisting that voters put on a masks. If they don’t, they aren’t giving them the chance to vote,” Henry informed reporters Friday. “It is a vital constitutional concern.”
“We have now tried for the higher a part of this week to get this concern resolved at low ranges. That has confirmed unsuccessful up to now,” he added.
The chief order states that ballot staff who violate it might probably face a nice of as much as $1,000 by the Galveston County Sheriff’s Workplace.
“Truthfully, it’s getting a bit irritating having to undergo this a lot exercise to make sure that everybody has the correct to vote,” Henry mentioned.
Earlier this week, Texas Lawyer Common Ken Paxton reminded election officers all through the state that face masks are usually not required at polling websites per the governor’s govt order from July 2.
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