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texas poll workersWhen Isabel Longoria took office as Harris County elections administrator shortly after the November 2020 presidential election, she knew that running elections for Texas’s most populous county would be a challenge. There were new voting machines to deal with, a staff of 360 full- and part-time employees to oversee, and a fractious relationship between the local Democratic and Republican parties to negotiate. Almost immediately, though, Longoria found herself responding to a different challenge: President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of a stolen election. Following Trump’s lead, right-wing Texas activist Steven Hotze had raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to investigate alleged election fraud in Harris County, where voters favored Joe Biden by a thirteen-point margin. In December, one of Hotze’s investigators was arrested for holding an air-conditioner…

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