Early Tuesday morning, the Travis County Clerk's office conveyed 250 pieces of voting equipment to Harris County. Travis County Commissioners approved the loan agreement to help Harris County after its entire election inventory was lost in a warehouse fire on August 27.
Since the devastating fire destroyed all of that county's equipment, the Texas Secretary of State and counties across Texas have rallied to offer support for the voters of the state's largest county. Charles Kuffner noted the assistance in post last week remarking on the breadth of support.
The first batch of election equipment which totals 875 pieces comes from Ft. Bend and Tarrant County. Harris County has accepted assistance offers from 14 counties and one city. Together, the assisting counties are providing 2,146 pieces of electronic voting equipment and accessories, including 399 Judges Booth Controllers (JBC) 1,104 eSlates with booths and 278 Disabled Access Units with booths. Additionally, counties are providing 4,056 booths, 1,675 ballot boxes with accompanying locks and keys.
At this point, the assisting entities include Bexer, Brazoria, Comal, Dallas, Denton, Ft. Bend, Galveston, Gregg, Grimes, Jefferson, Lubbock, Montgomery, Travis, Tarrant and Wharton County, the City of Friendswood, and Arapahoe County in Colorado.
Additionally, Harris County will be making paper ballots available to anyone that wants one at polling places.