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Houston Votes group: No voter fraud, just human mistakes being exploited by "partisan" Harris County Voter Registrar
Friday, Aug 27, 2010, 03:44PM CST
By Trent Seibert
A Houston group accused of submitting thousands of faulty voter applications today called any errors "common, ordinary human mistakes" and said the charges amounted to politically motivated voter suppression.

Houston Votes also said it would call on the Justice Department to investigate possible voting rights violations by Harris County voter registrar Leo Vasquez, who "apparently intends to reduce his workload by intimidating people from registering" to vote.
Vasquez earlier this week questioned the legitimacy of thousands of registrations submitted by Houston Votes. Applications collected by the group were riddled with duplicate registrations, forms for voters already on the rolls and applications for people not eligible to vote because of age or citizenship status, he said at a press conference. 

Come back to Texas Watchdog later today for a more complete story -- as well as to read about the press conference held by the King Street Patriots, the group that helped find the duplicate registrations.

Trent Seibert can be reached at 832-316-4994 or at
John Cobarruvias
Friday, 08/27/2010 - 03:35PM

Something really, really stinks in Vasquez office. Why is he working so closely with a radical right organization with ties to the Rick Perry campaign and yet stonewalled Houston Votes who were trying to work with his office to make sure their efforts were done correctly?

And I have to wonder if the partisan hacks Vasquez was working with, had access to data they were not entitled to have.

One thing is for sure, the Justice Department needs to come back and continue their investigation. Someone needs to go to jail.

Lee Ann O'Neal
Friday, 08/27/2010 - 05:19PM

John, thanks as always for commenting here and reading the site. You raise a question that I've heard from others. As far as I know, the data that would be required to compare voter registrations is very much public, in its paper form --- i.e. the application to register to vote --- and in aggregate data. The data can be obtained from local elections officials and from the Secretary of State by you, me, anyone who has an interest in looking at it. I believe you do have to sign something here in Texas that says you won't use the data for a commercial purpose. I know campaigns and their political operatives use such data in Texas and around the country when targeting mail pieces to likely voters.

-- Lee Ann O'Neal, deputy editor, Texas Watchdog

Wanda Goodman
Saturday, 09/25/2010 - 08:58AM

Vasquez seems to be responding to a grassroots check into voter fraud. It's his job to do so. Funny that people want to attack the investigation without addressing the horrendous fraud (and suspicious fire) that the investigation uncovered. Voter registration records are public information, by the way. That allows any citizen with a concern to do just exactly what happened here - challenge heinous fraud and stop the hijacking of our elections.

Watching all the fun
Sunday, 09/26/2010 - 09:13AM

Of course this goes on in Houston. It also goes on in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, El Paso. I would not be supprised it

these voters were not sold to the highest bidder.


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