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Houston Votes group submitted false voter registrations in 'systematic attack' on voting rolls similar to ACORN strategies: Harris County voter registrar
Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010, 05:18PM CST
By Steve Miller
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Two Texas activist groups, Houston Votes and Texans Together Education Fund, were accused Tuesday of an organized voter fraud campaign by Harris County Voter Registrar Leo Vasquez, who likened the groups to the now-discredited ACORN.

“The integrity of the voting rolls in Harris County, Texas, appears to be under an organized and systematic attack by the group operating under the name Houston Votes,” Vasquez said at a 2 p.m. press conference at his office, where he also released copies of applications in some of the most egregious cases.

Houston Votes is the get-out-the-vote arm of the Texans Together Education Fund.


Editors Note: See the full Texas Watchdog story on this by clicking here.


“Evidence shows that the Houston Votes and Texans Together organization are conspiring on a pattern of falsification of government documents, supporting perjury in a deliberate effort to overburden our processing system," he said.


Vasquez said he is turning evidence over to the Secretary of State’s office and the Harris County District Attorney’s office for further action.

Sean Caddle, the director of Houston Votes, admitted that there may have been “mistakes made” by his vote gathering team but said Houston Votes did nothing wrong and called it a legitimate program.


However, after Caddle was shown examples of Houston Votes workers registering one name – Carmella Bellazer – with the same date of birth six times on the same day, he said “that probably would be a clear case of fraud.”

Caddle is a former SEIU worker from New Jersey and also recently worked in Colorado as part of a voter registration effort there.


Texans Together head Fred Lewis said that he has worked with Vasquez to clear up any discrepancies until recently.


"He is a liar and a political hack," Lewis said. "We are going to the Justice Department to make sure he doesn't make a mockery of the voting process."


Look for more updates on this story later today at


Contact Steve Miller at 832-303-9420 or Trent Seibert contributed to this report.

Photo of a 'Vote here' sign by flickr user Lester Public Library, used via a Creative Commons license.

Seriously Concerned
Tuesday, 08/24/2010 - 05:03PM

This is Republican government at it's best, constantly working to find ways to disenfranchise voters. If the system isn't large enough to represent all citizens then why don't they spend money on making it bigger rather than on investigating educational groups for helping people participate in the political process?

Tuesday, 08/24/2010 - 06:47PM

Great work by Leo.....he laid the fraud out for all to see, no question,Fred Lewis appears to be the hack..and liar...

ubu roi
Tuesday, 08/24/2010 - 07:29PM

This is Democratic vote engineering at its best, constantly working to find ways to cheat the system. People should be sent to jail for this kind of stuff, and the key lost.

Tuesday, 08/24/2010 - 08:08PM

The Harris County Tax office is complaining that people are being turned in multiple times. I understand why that's annoying to them but I would rather see everyone be registered over and over than not registered AT ALL! In a city that is made up of minorities and poverty, it's questionable why republicans continue to hold office. It's because cover-ups and scapegoats are used to keep "certain voters" out of the game. If deceased, aliens, and 17 year olds were actually VOTING, THEN you can point fingers and call fraud. This is just registration! Get off their backs. I was happy to open up my door to a Houston Votes canvasser three weeks ago and update my voter registration. I received my voter card in the mail and I WILL vote in the election to make difference. How many of YOU are registered?

Tuesday, 08/24/2010 - 10:35PM


Doesn't surprise me
Wednesday, 08/25/2010 - 07:56AM

Republicans WANT people to vote, just not more than once, and preferably under their own name. One man - one vote. And it would help if the voter were actually alive. I remember hearing a caller on a local radio program who was visiting a deceased family member's grave and seeing a white, unmarked van pull up...and a crew with clipboards clambered out and began writing down names from the tombstones...

Republicans are not pristine, but holy cow Democrats! If your ideology is sound and wise, you shouldn't have to cheat like this.

Wednesday, 08/25/2010 - 09:15AM

I'm registered to vote and I didn't need someone to come to my front door to do it. I don't care if it's a republican or democratic group that's in question...if you're committing fraud then you should be punished. I can't understand the opposition to ensuring that our voting process is honest. I guess some people feel that as long as their candidate gets elected then it doesn't matter to what extent groups will go to ensure that happens. And this belief that the Democrats are for minorities is the biggest lie of them all. All one has to do is go back and research how well minorities do under each party, but then that requires actually investigating for oneself and not taking a party at it's word.

Saturday, 08/28/2010 - 10:05AM

What ever happened to a person, an individual, caring enough to register themselves to vote? For those who are handicapped and are not mobile, what ever happened to the notion that a family member or friend help out? People who want to vote and are mentally and physically able should register themselves. Period. End of story.

Tuesday, 09/28/2010 - 09:44AM

Funny how the people who insist voter fraud at the point of registration is no big deal are the same people to complain about any efforts (like using valid picture IDs) to confirm voter identity at the polling place.

Monday, 10/18/2010 - 04:35PM

coincidence that the warehouse with our voter machines burned down just after this voter fraud was exposed? wonder what was on those machines.

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