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Galveston County judge signs executive order permitting $1,000 fine against poll workers who turn away maskless voters

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry talks about Hurricane Laura during an Aug. 26, 2020, news conference.
Galveston County Judge Mark Henry talks about Hurricane Laura during an Aug. 26, 2020, news conference. (KPRC)

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry signed an executive order Friday prohibiting the requirement to wear a face mask while voting. The county will enforce a $1,000 fine against poll workers who turn away voters who don’t wear a mask.

Henry said he signed the order after several county residents were turned away from the polls because they were not wearing a mask.

He also admitted that he was also turned away from voting because he refused to wear a mask.

“This is a significant constitutional issue,” Henry said during the press conference. “We have tried for the better part of this week to get this issue resolved. But, that has proven unsuccessful at this time.”


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