Arson investigation in Houston voting machine fire
HOUSTON — Arson investigators have been called in to scrutinize a fire that destroyed the warehouse where all of Harris County’s voting machines were stored. The blaze left county officials scrambling to find enough equipment to hold an election in the nation’s third-most-populous county.
Election officials have come up with emergency plans to buy new electronic voting machines, borrow hundreds from other counties and use paper ballots as well. Still, the destruction of nearly 10,000 voting machines in the fire last month has raised fears here that voters will face long lines or other disruptions at polling stations.