Webb County to Acquire Equipment for Better Election Security

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) – Webb County is looking to beef up security ahead of the upcoming election.

Officials are seeking to acquire security carts with bars to store ballot boxes and equipment on Election Day to reduce the risk of tampering.

Only people with some authority will be responsible for moving ballot boxes with access to a special key in the chain of custody.

Webb County Elections Administrator Jose Luis Castillo says security hasn’t been an issue here locally, but he says the elections office has received several questions regarding transparency.

“From my side, it’s just to keep the public safe. That there is no ongoing tampering. I mean, we’ve never had any issues, but this is an issue that came up recently. And not necessarily by Webb County voters, but I’ve had a lot of requests, a lot of inquiries from people outside of Webb County,” Castillo said.

They are also looking to acquire polling stations used in other cities that allow people to vote in privacy.

Each polling booth for four voters could cost up to $1,400.

Election day will be Tuesday, November 8.

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