Early voting in Texas: High turnout, high drama

Early voting started six days ago in Texas and many counties are already reporting record turnouts. Many polling places are also seeing complaints and tension in this contentious election.

On Saturday State Representative Ramon Romero of Fort Worth and the United Hispanic Council denounced what they call voter suppression and intimidation in Tarrant County. Romero said he received reports from several voters saying "vigilantes" had come to their doorstep and asked them questions about the voting.

"This is harassment and it's something I wouldn't want to see anyone go through," Romero said.

Romero said he's talked to six voters who report individuals knocking on their door. He said the voters he talked to followed the rules and didn't violate any election laws.

"These voters are all seniors and Hispanic. This left them scared," Romero said.

This isn't the only complaint out of Texas. On Thursday Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump tweeted a message insinuating voter fraud in Texas.

"A lot of call-ins about vote-flipping at the voting booths in Texas. People are not happy. BIG lines. What is going on?" Trump's tweet read.

WFAA spoke to a voter in Arlington who reported her vote switching from Republican to Democrat when she was casting her ballot. Juanita Bumgardner said a poll worker helped her switch her vote back to the intended choice. Election officials said they believe the mix-up was a user error. Still when Bumgardner's niece posted about the experience on Facebook thousands of people shared it.

Also this week Keller police said they arrested a man who was caught on surveillance cameras stealing political signs. Officers said two women spotted the man removing the signs and called authorities. Officers said they found the signs in the back of the man's car later that day.

One thing is clear, in this highly contentious election everyone is watching closely. With a lot of time between now and November 8,  there is no telling what else we'll see. 

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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