AG: Armed election judges OK at polls in government venues

August 28, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says presiding election judges licensed to carry handguns may do so while working at polls in government buildings.

However, in a formal opinion issued Tuesday, Paxton also said a presiding election judge may not openly carry a handgun at polls set up on any college or university campus, nor may they carry a concealed handgun on any campus where the institution prohibits them by rule.

Presiding election judges also may not carry a handgun to a polling venue on private property if proper notice was given of a ban.

Republican state Rep. James White of Woodville had asked for the opinion. In his request, he noted that “due to the latest events, the public has a heightened awareness of the security posture in public places.”

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