Wichita Co. judge working to fix results delay issues

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Election results for Wichita County were reported later than usual Tuesday night.

Newschannel 6 reached out to Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom about the holdup. He said mail-in ballots were the issue.

Judge Gossom said in his entire 18 years in the county this was the most mail-in ballots he has seen.

He said some were damaged but those were verified and counted.

But others were filled out incorrectly which caused some major delays.

Judge Gossom said he is working with the County Clerks Office on ways to avoid this situation in the next presidential election.

"Another thing we talked about this morning was maybe we need to start earlier on Monday. They worked for a while on (the mail-in ballots) on Monday. But maybe the goal (should) be to have that whole process done, other than what comes in on Tuesday," Judge Gossom said.

He said they are also looking at creating a type of display that people can look at to see how to correctly fill out a mail-in ballot.

Judge Gossom added that voters need to take personal responsibility to read and follow the instructions while filling out their ballot.

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