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County’s voting machines get new home

Let’s hope for no more fires.

Harris County is buying a building to house voting machines and other equipment that will replace a warehouse destroyed by fire last August.

The $4.35 million purchase of a facility on Todd Road near the intersection of Hempstead Highway and 34th is expected to close this month, said John Blount, director of architecture and engineering.

After a renovation, the building will house voting machines, the County Clerk’s archives, Tax Assessor-Collector’s distribution center and perhaps records of several justices of the peace and other county departments.


The Todd Road warehouse, built in 1980, sits on 4.4 acres and is 124,510 square feet, according to the Harris County Appraisal District.

The building is owned by the estate of legendary Houston lawyer John O’Quinn, who died in a 2009 car accident. O’Quinn stored part of his prodigious classic car collection there, [County Clerk Stan] Stanart said.

“He stored $250 million worth of cars in this warehouse, so it’s not just an old warehouse,” Blount said. “It’s very nice.”

I will agree that sounds nice and robust. I’m still a little nervous about having all our eggs in one basket like that. I just hope the disaster recovery plans that were made after last year’s fire are being updated and maintained.

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