Death of election judge leads to delay in Dallas Co. voting, judge requests extension of hours

The death of a Dallas County election judge led to the delay of the opening for a poll location in Grand Prairie Tuesday. The election judge did not show up for his shift, causing police to be sent to his home for a welfare check.

CBS DFW reports the man died overnight in his home, from what officials say they believe were natural causes.

His absence meant a delay in opening the polling location and a bit of a wait for voters Tuesday. Once an alternate judge arrived at the location, it was open for business, about two hours after the scheduled opening.

The Dallas County Elections Department and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins have requested an extension of the voting hours at the Betty Warmack Library location because of the delay to be sure all voters have the same opportunity to cast their ballot.