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Local republicans, democrats have Election Day Eve clash

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

What would an Election Day Eve be without a last-minute trip to a judge?

Late Monday afternoon, the Harris County Republic Party went after the Democratic Party, filing a temporary restraining order.  They claim republican clerks were denied work at several polling locations throughout the county.

Democratic Party councilman Chad Dunn fired back, calling the lawsuit "baseless", even "frivolous."

This all stems from a letter dated on Oct. 8.  Local Republican Party chairman Jared Woodfill showed us the 17-page suit.

"The letter that was actually sent by the Democratic Party, to be clear, says you as the election judge can hire whoever you chose.  That's not true," Woodfill said.

The Texas election code states a six people run voting places, including four clerks: two democrats and two republicans.

"For at least two weeks now, we have made it perfectly clear to election judges that they should hire an election clerk from both the Republican Party and any other party that submits just as the state law requires," Dunn said.

Dunn, who is also an attorney for the Harris County Democratic Party, admitted "confusion" led to the initial letter Woodfill was talking about.  A few days later, democrats retracted that prior notice and sent out a different election form.  This time, it recommended judges select certain individuals, even notifying Woodfill himself.

"There simply wasn't an issue to resolve and the court didn't issue any order.  I mean the case is left pending and unfortunately, it's just one of those transparent attempts to get press attention for certain talking points," Dunn said.

Woodfill said otherwise.

"The court made it very clear and the parties, the Democratic Party, has agreed that these clerks are allowed to serve at the democrat polling locations," Woodfill said.

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