North Texas Prepares for Election Day

There is no such thing as an "off-year" Election Day for Toni Pippins-Poole.

The Dallas County Elections Administrator manages a staff of 45 full-time employees who have spent the past 75 days preparing ballots, machines and polling places ahead of Tuesday's Election Day.

"Dallas County being the ninth-largest county in the nation, it does take time and a lot of effort to put this on," Pippins-Poole said.

In addition to full-time staff, Dallas County has hired an additional 100 part-time workers to pull this vote off, according to Pippins-Poole.

There are more than 500 polling locations in Dallas County and about 100 different ballots have been prepared for voters depending on where they live.

Voters in Richardson have the most heavy lifting to do Tuesday. Including local bond elections, charter amendments, state constitutional amendments and other local races, there are 93 different ballot measures for voters in Richardson to consider.

"This took us a little while in trying to lay this out, trying to fit each part," Pippins-Poole said, displaying the large ballot, which is laid out over four pages.

Pippins-Poole estimates it will take voters who have reviewed the ballot ahead of time about 10 to 15 minutes to cast their ballot responsibly in Richardson. Those who will see it for the first time when they walk in to vote Tuesday will take far longer.

In Tarrant County, Elections Administrator Frank Phillips also emphasized the logistics of pulling off a successful Election Day. His primary concern for voters is that they will take for granted where their polling location is, and they will show up in the wrong place.

Several polling places have changed for the fall 2015 Election Day, according to Phillips.

"If you go to the wrong polling location, say you wait until the last minute to vote...and you show up at the wrong site, you are going to have a hard time making it to your correct polling location," Phillips said.

Polls are open statewide from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters statewide can give themselves tax breaks, pump billions of dollars into roads and make hunting and fishing constitutional rights by supporting seven amendments to the Texas Constitution. See all seven state propositions here.

Remember, voters in Texas need approved identification to cast a ballot on Election Day. Click here for more information.

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