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Harris County focus of national attention in voter fraud debate
Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 08:44AM CST
By Trent Seibert
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In many ways, Harris County has become ground zero for the debate over voter fraud, in part because of a dispute between a local tea party group and a left-leaning organization registering voters.

A nationally known conservative blogger, Warner Todd Huston, has landed in Houston to cover the election. (Here's his latest report.) The Texas Observer will be live-blogging the election, and they've asked Texas Southern University professor (and Texas Watchdog board member) Michael Berryhill to cover the Harris County angle. (Here's his first take.)

The attention on voting issues stems from a dispute this summer, when the conservative King Street Patriots researched voter records and concluded that the liberal Houston Votes had submitted flawed applications for new voters. The state Democratic party sued Harris County Voter Registrar Leo Vasquez, who announced  his office had used the King Street’s group research to find thousands of faulty registrations, adding the King Street Patriots to the suit. During early voting, Houston Votes said the King Street group intimidated voters, though county officials found no proof of such.

The New York Times has weighed in, and, apparently, The Daily Show -- fresh off its D.C. Rally to Restore Sanity -- contemplated coming to Houston. A representative from the show called the Liberty Institute, who is representing the King Street Patriots, to set up an interview, according to the Liberty Institute. The Daily Show later called back and said they could not come, an institute official said Monday.

Voting issues in Houston have been an almost constant buzz in the local blogosphere. Here's one take from Houston-based Big Jolly Politics. Here's a different perspective from Austin's Burnt Orange Report.

The buzz isn't just in Harris County. See this roundup of voter fraud and voter suppression charges nationally.

If you’re having trouble keeping it all straight, don't worry. There's an app for that. The right-leaning American Majority Action group has created a smartphone app so that voter fraud can be reported nationwide.


Contact Trent Seibert at 832-316-4994 or


Photo of a 'vote here' sign by flickr user Rob Boudon, used via a Creative Commons license.

Francisco Ovalle
Tuesday, 11/02/2010 - 10:14AM

Maybe they should make an app for reporting voter intimidation as well...

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