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“A hornet’s nest”: How one Texas elections chief is doing his job amid ongoing conspiracy theories

Gillespie County Republicans are moving forward with a plan to count votes by hand during the 2024 primary election.

by Natalia Contreras, Votebeat and The Texas Tribune
Gillespie County elections administrator, Jim Riley, holds results from the mock election as the ballot scanner releases the information on Feb. 6, 2024. Results were read to county residents following the mock election.

Gillespie County elections administrator, Jim Riley, waits for residents to be seated before beginning a presentation on the election process and ballots on Feb. 6, 2024. Riley covered topics such as Texas voting systems, protection on voting scanners and the process to steal a ballot if one was interested.

“Thrown into a hornet’s nest”

The sun sets over the Hill Country in Fredericksburg on Feb. 6, 2024. The mock election was staged at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Gillespie Co.

“The will of the people”

A poll pad with an ID check in is active prior to Gillespie County residents checking in for the mock election hosted on Feb. 6, 2024. The poll pad is used for voter check in and verification for county and precinct.

"Right now, I'm experiencing a mess.”

Gillespie County elections administrator, Jim Riley, helps read results of the mock election on Feb. 6, 2024. Results were read to county residents following the mock election.

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