Harris County GOP claims voter suppression, county leaders react

The Republican social gathering claimed that 1000’s of native voters had been doubtlessly disenfranchised on Election Day for varied causes.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — The Harris County GOP made a number of allegations at a press convention on Thursday concerning the Nov. 8 election.

The social gathering claimed that 1000’s of native voters had been doubtlessly disenfranchised on Election Day for varied causes.

The Republican social gathering legal professional mentioned 23 polling websites didn’t have sufficient paper for the ballots, and in consequence, needed to flip away voters.

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GOP leaders went a step additional, claiming the polling websites that ran out of paper had been in Republican strongholds and mentioned they consider it could have been achieved deliberately.

“If you run the mathematics, if there have been 350 individuals turned away from the ballot, not allowed to vote and you’ve got 782 places, it’s not a leap of logic to consider that we’re going to be within the tens of 1000’s of people that had been wrongfully turned away,” Harris County GOP legal professional Andy Taylor mentioned.

KHOU 11 political knowledgeable Bob Stein took subject with these claims. He mentioned individuals do not typically vote on the polling web site closest to the place they stay and which you can’t reliably decide how somebody will vote primarily based on the placement of a polling web site in Harris County.

Harris County Democratic Party Chair Odus Evbagharu additionally disputed the GOP’s assertions.

“The claim that there was, like, thousands and thousands of people who were disenfranchised, there’s no claim to that, there’s no proof of that,” Evbagharu mentioned.

Wednesday morning, Harris County elections administrator Clifford Tatum mentioned his office acquired a number of requests from election judges claiming that they had run out of paper. That identical day, he mentioned he couldn’t clarify the trigger for the paper scarcity and mentioned his office had tens of millions of pages of paper for use for the election.

On Thursday, after the GOP made its allegations, Tatum issued the next assertion:

“Once we complete our canvassing process, we will turn our attention to a post-election review and report.”

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GOP leaders additionally claimed that they weren’t made conscious of courtroom hearings the county held late Wednesday night time and Thursday morning.

County Attorney Christian Menefee refuted these claims and issued the next assertion:

“Not only was the Secretary of State’s office aware that the county would be seeking a court order—as required by law—for additional time to continue the vote count, they guided us through the process before we filed with the court. Senator Bettencourt’s suggestion that the state was not aware is false.”

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis filed a lawsuit Wednesday night time, requesting a decide grant election staff extra time to depend mail-in ballots. A decide accepted the request and a digital standing listening to was scheduled for two p.m. on Thursday.

The listening to was imagined to be open on-line, however the decide made the choice to not stream it. We are nonetheless working to seek out out why.

According to Harris Votes, all votes cast on Election Day have been tabulated as of three:12 p.m.

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