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Dallas County records a record number of people showing up at poll booths to cast their votes. Now, due to social distancing guidelines, some may be tempted to argue that the lines simply appear longer, but campaign worker Barry Jacobs told NBCDFW,

“I’ve been in Dallas since 2006. I’ve been involved in every election since then. I have never seen anything close to this. We’re talking three and four times as long a line as I’ve ever seen before,” 

He continues

““This is just fantastic for our democracy. I could not be more happy about what we are seeing,”

According to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, 59,809 early votes were cast on Tuesday. NBC reports,

“59,809 in-person early ballots were cast on Tuesday, which broke the previous one-day record of 58,775 set in 2016. There are 61 early voting lotions in Dallas County where any registered voter can cast their ballot.

For a more detailed breakdown of the numbers, see the document here. 

Despite the turnout, Day 1 of early voting was not without its own challenges. 

“At the Duncanville Library, voters waited around two hours to cast ballots early in the day, but no one was complaining . . . At the Samuell Grand Recreation Center in East Dallas, voters said an equipment problem caused two-hour waits early in the day, but the problem was solved by lunchtime and the wait was down to an hour.”

Read the full story here. The article also reminds voters of a few guidelines.  The use of cellphones and other electronic devices is prohibited within the voting booths, so if you need a list, or notes of any kind, use paper. In an effort to minimize the use of mail for mail-in ballots, Dallas County has designated a mail-in drop off location at 1520 Round Table Drive. Curbside voting is another alternative available at early voting polling stations. Should you need assistance arranging this, call 214-819-6338 to set this up.    

 



During what has been a harrowing year for the construction industry nationwide, Dallas/Ft. Worth saw a small recovery as lockdown regulations eased in late spring, with 1,200 new building sector jobs created in May.

The Dallas Morning News reported back in June of this year,

“Nationwide construction employment is bouncing back from the worst of the pandemic. And the Dallas-Fort Worth area is adding more construction sector jobs, too. Construction employment rose in all but a few U.S. metro areas in May compared with April, according to the latest survey by the Associated General Contractors of America. D-FW construction jobs increased by an estimated 1,200 jobs in May from the previous month.”

But now, as the year begins to wind down and the height of the construction season is past, the outlook may no longer seem as rosy.

AGC, Associated General Contractors of America noted in an article published at the beginning of the month,

“The AGC of America-Autodesk Workforce Survey, released last month, found that 38 percent of respondents—whose firms perform all types of nonresidential construction–expect it will take more than six months for their firm’s volume of business to return to normal, relative to a year earlier. That percentage topped the 29 percent who reported business was already at or above year-ago levels.

A likely reason for the more pessimistic outlook is the rapid increase in postponed or canceled projects, the economist said. He noted that the latest survey found 60 percent of firms report a scheduled project has been postponed or canceled, compared to 12 percent that had won new or additional work as a result of the pandemic.

While DFW waits for jobs to return to all areas of its construction industry, it may be comforting to remember that North Texas was the nationwide leader in construction job growth before the pandemic hit, adding 10,000 building jobs back in March.

 



The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, composed of a three-judge panel, filed an order less than an hour before midnight on the day before early voting was set to start in Texas allowing Gov. Greg Abbott to limit mail-in ballot drop-off sites, saying that Texans still have other means of voting, and limiting these sites in no way impedes on anyone’s right to vote. 

“Leaving the Governor’s October 1 Proclamation in place still gives Texas absentee voters many ways to cast their ballots in the November 3 election. These methods for remote voting outstrip what Texas law previously permitted in a pre-COVID world,” the court said. “The October 1 Proclamation abridges no one’s right to vote.”

Read the full story here. Gov. Greg Abbott has even extended early voting until October 30th in light of the pandemic, and for good reason since this election has shown a record turnout of first day voters in the state. 

Voters in North Texas didn’t mind waiting to cast their ballots on the first day of early voting Tuesday. More than 92,000 people had voted by the afternoon in Tarrant and Dallas counties. Almost 2 million more people are registered to vote in Texas this year compared to the last presidential election.

For more updates about voter turnout per county, check out this live blog from KENS5. 

 



Walmart is launching a new in-store tech repair service that plans to compete with Apple’s Genius Bar and Best Buy’s Geek Squad. Walmart is partnering with True Network Solutions, a New York-based entity to supply staff and kiosks for the program. The new Walmart tech service is expected to do everything from in-home T.V. installations, smart home products, PC set-ups, tablets, WiFi to many other products and services including a 24/7 tech support plan.

Dallas News reports,

“The decision to add tech kiosks is a response to shoppers wanting more assistance in electronics, Walmart spokeswoman Anne Hatfield said. ‘We asked customers if they were interested in using a tech service at Walmart and over half said they were extremely interested.’ ”

Walmart says that they expect their basic services to be priced up to 50% lower than their competitors. Online shoppers in these pilot program sites will also have the option to set home appointments or do remote set-ups. In the physical stores, staff can help customers determine their electronic needs and also do basic fixes like screen repair and battery replacement. All in-store consultation with staff is completely free. 

The article continues, “Walmart Tech Services kiosks started operating Monday in the electronics department of four local Walmart stores — in Arlington, Mesquite, and two in Garland. A fifth kiosk is open in a Springdale, Ark., Walmart, and the company plan to expand the pilot to 50 U.S. stores by mid-2021, Walmart said.”

Read the full article here.



Dallas law enforcement responded to a call about a major accident this afternoon. The call came in at approximately 4:55 PM. The accident occurred on the South R L Thornton Freeway and West Overton Road. Major injuries may have occured.

This post will be updated when more information becomes available.





Dallas law enforcement responded to a call about a major accident this morning. The call came in at approximately 6:31 AM. The accident occurred on the North Central Expressway and Midpark Road. Major injuries may have occurred.

This post will be updated when more information becomes available.



Dallas law enforcement responded to a call about a major accident this morning. The call came in at approximately 4:06 AM. The accident occurred on the LBJ Freeway and the Dallas North Tollway. Major vehicle damage may have occurred.

This post will be updated when more information becomes available.



Dallas law enforcement responded to a call about a major accident this morning. The call came in at approximately 3:57 AM. The accident occurred on the LBJ Freeway and Josey Lane. Major injuries or fatalities may have occurred.

This post will be updated when more information becomes available.



Dallas law enfrocement responded to a call about a major accident this evening. The call came in at approximately 10:35 PM. The accident occurred on the Julius Schepps Freeway and Simpson Stuart Road. Major injuries may have occurred.

This post will be updated when more information becomes available.





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