Members of the HCRP Ballot Security Committee again traveled to Austin earlier this week to testify on election issues before both the Senate and the House.
Those BSC members present included Ed Johnson, Pam Joyce and Alan Vera. Also present representing themselves were Colleen Vera and Kay Tyner. Also represented were others from the County Clerk’s office as well as Harris County's Tax Assessor-Collector (voter registrar) Mike Sullivan and his Director of Compliance J.R.Harris.
BSC members testified in the Senate AGAINST a bill that would end straight party voting for down-ballot judges. In the House, they testified in support of several bills that would require greater disclosure for any bond election. All bills laid out included requirements that any bond issue include cumulative indebtedness of the issuing authority and total interest to be paid over the life of the bond.
BSC members also testified in support of a bill that would move all bond elections to the November uniform election date and avoid the low voter turnout for bond elections in May. They were opposed by representatives from various ISDs as well as lawyers from Texas Association of School Boards and Texas Association of School Administrators.
Two other GOP election officials from Southeast Texas testified for the first time. They said they had watched the live video stream from the prior hearings and were impressed that Harris County, and specifically the Harris County Republican Party, were working hard to influence election law, and felt obligated to join in. Their testimonies and support were welcomed