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Texas 2022 Elections

How this Texas elections official keeps the peace with right-wing voting activists

In the face of their suspicions and threats, Tarrant County Elections Administrator Heider Garcia didn’t fight back. He welcomed them in and listened.

Election Administrator Heider Garcia speaks to members of the ballot board in the central count station of the Tarrant County Election Administration building in Fort Worth on November 8, 2022.
A poll watcher examines bags of ballots as they are received at the Tarrant County Election Administration building in Fort Worth on November 8, 2022.
Election Administrator Heider Garcia speaks to election workers processing the ballots on Election Day at the Tarrant County Election Administration building in Fort Worth on November 8, 2022.

“Tactical patience”

Election officials bring ballots and equipment used at their polling sites to the Tarrant County Election Administration building in Fort Worth on November 8, 2022.
Election Administrator Heider Garcia talks to poll watchers in the central count station of the Tarrant County Election Administration building in Fort Worth on November 8, 2022.
Election workers move ballots and equipment gathered at one of the nine rally sites to the Tarrant County Election Administration building in Fort Worth on November 8, 2022.

The new normal for elections officials

Ballot board members tabulate write-ins as they begin processing ballots in the central count station of the Tarrant County Election Administration building in Fort Worth on November 8, 2022.
A poll watcher examines bags of ballots as they are received at the Tarrant County Election Administration building in Fort Worth on November 8, 2022.

The inevitable lingering suspicions 


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