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Houston Chronicle: GOP chair: If Harris County could run good elections, the state wouldn’t have to step in

In 2020 I was elected to serve as the Harris County Republican Party Chairman. Part of my responsibility is overseeing the Republican primary elections and recruiting Republican election workers for general elections. Additionally, I serve as the only Republican on the Harris County Elections Commission.

Over the last two decades, I’ve been a voter, poll worker, election judge and candidate on the ballot, so I believed that I’d seen it all. Since becoming chairman, I quickly learned I hadn’t even come close. 

The Democrat-controlled Harris County Commissioners Court created the elections administrator’s office with a party-line vote in 2020. The creation of this office took the responsibility of running our elections away from two duly elected Democrats, the Harris County tax assessor-collector and the county clerk, giving it to the elections administrator, an appointed official with no accountability to the voters. 

Proponents of the office’s creation will argue that it was formed to take politics out of running our elections and professionalize the system as a whole. But unfortunately, after multiple election blunders, what has occurred is the exact opposite.

The first Harris County elections administrator was Isabel Longoria. Before taking on the job as the EA, she had a long history of working for Democratic organizations. She had never run an election — or even a polling location — before assuming this monumental role. So not only was she the exact opposite of non-partisan, she did not have the professional experience needed to run elections in the third largest county in the nation.

Longoria’s lack of experience became quickly apparent. The 2022 primary election she ran was riddled with issues, the most egregious being that 10,000 mail-in ballots were not counted on election night. They were discovered four days after the election. In the face of scrutiny from people from both parties, Longoria resigned.

The next and current elections administrator is Clifford Tatum. To put it lightly, the first election Tatum ran in Harris County was a disaster. During the November general election, polling locations opened hours late, voting machines were down, and most notably, many polling locations ran out of ballot paper, leading to an unknown number of voters left unable to cast their ballots.

Harris County has county-wide voting, so many observers have shrugged this off with the sentiment, “It’s no big deal because they could always go to another poll.”   

Tell that to Leila Perrin, who went to two different polling locations, both of which ran out of paper, resulting in her being unable to cast her vote before polls closed. Perrin is just one voter out of who knows how many who weren’t afforded their constitutional right to vote because the ballot paper ran out or the myriad of other issues on Nov. 8. 

During this legislative session, many poll workers and I testified multiple times before the Texas House and Senate, recounting our experiences regarding Harris County elections. That resulted in the creation and passage of Senate Bill 1750, which eliminates the position of Harris County elections administrator.

Democrats will exclaim that this bill is a Republican power grab to take over local elections. The part they conveniently leave out is that all this bill does is return accountability to voters by returning the responsibility of running elections to two duly elected officials, who, might I add, are Democrats.  

Yes, this legislation targets Harris County and only Harris County. But county leaders have been unwilling to do anything of consequence to ensure that Harris County voters can participate in elections that are run properly and lawfully. So the state Legislature stepped in. 

The line in the sand has to be drawn somewhere. Where some people are saying the state Legislature has overstepped, I’m saying that state lawmakers are correcting a wrong that county officials have refused to correct.

Last week County Attorney Christian Menefee, County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Mayor Sylvester Turner quickly held a press conference after the passage of SB 1750, announcing they will be using taxpayer funds to sue the state to stop the law from going into effect. They claim the bill is just partisan politics. 

How unfortunate they didn’t exhibit this same sense of urgency when voters were being consistently let down. They could have corrected the gross mismanagement of Harris County elections.

Harris County GOP Statement on the Passage of SB 1750

HOUSTON — Today, the Texas House passed critical legislation restoring accountability to Harris County elections. SB 1750 rightfully returns the responsibility of running elections to duly elected officials rather than a partisan appointee. 

“The Elections Administrator’s office has been a colossal failure since the moment it was formed,” said Harris County GOP Chairman Cindy Siegel. “The responsibility of running elections should have never been taken away from the Harris County Clerk and Tax Assessor-Collector, both elected officials, to begin with.

“The only things we’ve seen come from the Elections Administrator’s office are mismanagement and incompetence, resulting in countless missteps that have led to grossly underserving Harris County voters. Ultimately, if the EA could pull off an election without major problems, the state legislature wouldn’t have had to step in. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen from unprecedented issues, whether that be missing ballots or ballot paper shortages and everything in between, they can’t get it right. Someone eventually has to step in and say, ‘Enough,’ and today, the Texas Legislature did exactly that by passing SB 1750.

“I would like to thank Senator Paul Bettencourt for authoring this bill and the entire Harris County delegation of Republicans for seeing this through to the end, and I look forward to Governor Abbott signing SB 1750 into law.”

Letter Urging House Republicans to Pass Critical Election Integrity Legislation

I am writing to ask that you pass SB 1750 and SB 1933 and present facts as to why the passage of these bills is important to Harris County and the entire state of Texas.

Harris County is the largest county in Texas and, for the last decade, has consistently had either the most or second most Republican voters out of every county in the nation. Unfortunately, since 2020, Harris County has been more infamously known as the poster child on how not to run an election. 

I, along with many other Harris County Republican leaders,  election workers, and subject matter experts have spent countless hours testifying in Austin this session. While giving testimony, I consistently heard members say, “I’m tired of hearing about the problems with how badly elections are run in Harris County.” 

Let me assure you — no one is more tired of the problems that have plagued Harris County elections due to poor leadership and mismanagement than I and the Harris County GOP grassroots and primary voters are.  

As the Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party, I have been dismayed by what appears to be the lack of action by the Texas House of Representatives regarding passing critical election integrity legislation, including SB 1750, SB 1933, and several other election bills that have withered on the vine. 

Why should you care about what happens in Harris County? I’m a CPA by training, so let me break it down with cold-hard numbers.  

With over 2.5 million registered voters, almost 14% of the votes cast this past November in the state were from Harris County voters. Harris County has had multiple chances to get running our elections right since the Elections Administrators office was formed in 2020, and they simply can’t. Some examples include, but are in no way limited to, the suppression of the Republican vote by eliminating historical Republican polling locations, undersupplying multiple polls with ballot paper resulting in countless voters being turned away, nearly 10,000 ballots not being initially counted, polling locations opening hours late, and more. 

For the sake of Harris County voters and confidence in elections for all Texans, it’s time for you all to step up and say “Enough” through decisive legislative action.

Harris County could be the deciding factor that leads to losing close Statewide, Congressional, and Senatorial elections because elections in Harris County are so problematic. If things get worse in Harris County (and they will without preemptive legislation), they will undoubtedly get worse for all of Texas. You all have an opportunity to correct many of these election issues, and if you neglect this, you will own the blame. Our primary voters and donors know this and are watching carefully.

Today there are 21 election challenges by Harris County Republican candidates related to the November 2022 election. We hope all or some of the 21 election challengers will get new elections. However, our primary voters and donors know that without robust election integrity laws passed this session, we will have the same group running the elections in Harris County who refuse to display any accountability or integrity, and Republican voters will continue to be disenfranchised. Additionally, it’s not a stretch to see what has happened in Harris County could be perpetuated in other counties across the state in future elections.

It’s time to take action and pass SB 1750 and other important election integrity bills like SB 1933. The passage of SB 1750 will eliminate the Harris County Elections Administrator’s position and give the voters their voice back by putting our elections back in the hands of the duly elected County Clerk and County Tax Assessor with oversight from the Secretary of State.


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