Texas Secretary of State Quells Dems' Fear of Primary Delays

Last week, Texas Democrats expressed fear of being "another Iowa" on Super Tuesday. But the Texas Secretary of State's Office says it has now addressed those concerns.

The fear centered on possible delays in reporting the delegate count in Texas, but the state says all 254 counties will receive updated systems to report results in a timely manner.

“This reporting is going to be slightly different because we are reporting by senate district,” says Michael Winn, director of elections at the Harris County Clerk's Office. “We have a menu and instructions to do so.”

“Whenever you can report accurately and efficiently, that's always the goal,” he says. “We've maintained that relationship with the Texas Secretary of State's Office, which is why we've been in constant communication with them about the process.”

Harris County blamed last-minute changes by the Secretary of State for delays in reporting the results of Houston's municipal races last November. But Winn says they've since worked it out.

“We did have a difference in opinion in that election. But since then, we've had very good communication and we're maintaining throughout this process.”

Early voting in the Texas primary starts next Tuesday.