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Commissioners approve central counting station at elections office

Denton County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a central counting station at the Denton County Elections Administration Office, 701 Kimberly Drive.  

The approval simply allows elections officials to count all the ballots at the elections office without a court order, according to elections administrator Frank Phillips. 

After several mishaps during the 2016 general election, local officials sought a court order to re-tabulate the ballots at the elections office. It took a day for a visiting judge to sign the order.

Phillips said the approval of a central counting station would expedite the process if they need to recount ballots again. Phillips, who was named the as the central counting station manager, was hired in December 2016. 

Denton County has since moved to a paper-based voting system since the last election.