Party up­set its poll judge re­moved


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Bill Fair­brother, chair­man of the Wil­liamson County Repub­li­can Party, said the party is­sued the res­o­lu­tion Nov. 27 be­cause of the “events in Jarrell” and be­cause on elec­tion day Bar­ron had Repub­li­can elec­tion judge John Gor­don re­moved from a polling place.

Fair­brother said he couldn’t com­ment on the Jarrell elec­tion be­cause of pend­ing lit­i­ga­tion by Rusty Bryson, a can­di­date for the Jarrell school board.

Bryson lost her elec­tion by three votes to in­cum­bent Tookie Mullen; the suit asks a judge to or­der a new elec­tion. The law­suit al­leges that any­where from 20 to 200 peo­ple re­ceived the wrong bal­lots on Nov. 6.

Bar­ron has pre­vi­ously said that elec­tion judges were trained but still gave about 20 peo­ple the wrong bal­lots in Jarrell.

Fair­brother also said Bar­ron should not have re­moved Gor­don. “The elec­tion code doesn’t give the elec­tion ad­min­is­tra­tor that author­ity,” he said.

Bar­ron has said that a county em­ployee sent to check on vot­ing machines no­ti­fied him that Gor­don yelled at her in front of vot­ers. Bar­ron said he couldn’t reach Fair­brother that day so he de­cided to re­move Gor­don him­self with the help of deputies from the Wil­liamson County sher­iff’s of­fice. Gor­don has said that he didn’t yell at the em­ployee.

Karen Carter, the chair of the Wil­liamson County Demo­cratic Party and a mem­ber of the elec­tion com­mis­sion, said Wed­nes­day that she “didn’t know why they (the Repub­li­cans) would have an is­sue with Rick.”

“The train­ing that has oc­curred has got­ten bet­ter un­der Rick and the ma­te­ri­als and train­ing ses­sions have got­ten bet­ter.”

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