DALLAS – Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole is planning to depart in November.
Toni Pippins-Poole filed a letter announcing her retirement effective Nov. 30. County commissioners met Thursday morning to discuss her replacement.
The retirement comes after FOX 4 reported the county spent $6 million on poll equipment it can not use along with a warehouse that can not properly store the elections equipment. Moreover, over 9,000 main election ballots allegedly weren’t turned in.
Pippins-Poole filed her retirement letter Monday evening to take effect after the presidential elections.
She wrote:”In the past 8 decades, we’ve accomplished a lot in between the use of engineering in the election process.” She said she wants to”focus in my (her) family and safety of my (her) health”
Pippins-Poole has been under increased scrutiny recently.
In January, FOX 4 reported that the county spent $6 million on electronic survey books that Pippins-Poole said could not be used rigorously and needed to be replaced.
In January, Pippin-Poole’s primary assistant, Robert Heard, showed FOX 4 the county’s brand new vacant elections warehouse. It was not built with the gear to store the county’s new electronic voting gear. Heard resigned a week.
On Election Day, 44 thumb drives were unaccounted for, leaving 9,149 ballots initially uncounted, which the county later resolved.
SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson said it makes sense that Pippins-Poole would wait to retire until after the presidential elections.
“We have a very major election coming up along with a huge variety of email ballots,” he said. “It will place great pressure on our system.”
And with the election in the center of a pandemic, Jillson expects there will be far more mail-in ballots. That means there could still be election problems when Pippins-Poole retires No swirling. 30.
“I hope we’ve the ballots counted by then. It’ll be a slow process,” he said.
The Dallas County Elections Commission intends to launch the hunt for an administrator quickly while letting applicants know they wouldn’t be expected to begin until after the presidential election.