(AP) - Nine Houston-area polling places will stay open until 8 p.m. after a judge ruled in favor of advocacy groups that complained the locations didn't open on time and forced many voters to leave without casting a ballot.
State District Judge Fredericka Phillips granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday that directs Harris County to keep the nine locations open until 8 p.m., an hour later than the rest of the county.
The Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas Organizing Project filed several statements from voters who reported long morning lines and malfunctioning machines.
One person said she was first in line before the 7 a.m. opening but left at 7:45 without voting because poll workers' sign-in machines weren't working.
An attorney for Harris County says the county will comply with Phillips' order.
The nine locations are listed here:
- Iglesia Trinidad (0597) located at 11602 Bobcat Road, Houston, 77064-3100 in
- Harris County, Texas.
- Metcalf Elementary (Precinct 0882) is located at 6100 Queenston, Houston, TX 77084.
- Evelyn Thompson Elementary (Precinct 0061) is located at 220 Casa Grande Dr.
- Hampton lnn Katy Fwy (0055) is located at 5820 Katy Freeway at Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77 007 -2102.
- Fiesta Mart, Inc. (0541) is located at 8130 Kirby Drive, Houston, Texas 77054.
- John Marshall Middle School (0046) is located at 1115 Noble Street, Houston, Texas
- HOAPV Community Building (0030) is located at 18l0 Bluebonnet Place Circle, Houston, TX 77019-2999.
- Lone Star College Cypress Center (305 and 951) is located al 19710 Clay Road, Katy,
- Houston Community College Alief Center (0428) is located at 13803 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas 77083.