Skip to comments.Poll Watchers Claim Harassment And Intimidation At Houston, Texas Voting Places
Posted on 10/20/2010 12:44:17 AM PDT by American Dream 246
Mediaites Tommy Christopher reports voter intimidation in Harris County, Texas (Houston) by volunteer poll watchers trained by King Street Patriots, a local non-partisan group who started the True The Vote campaign. Tommy leads with this inflammatory paragraph saying:
In a story thats sure to draw comparisons to the New Black Panther Party member who brandished a nightstick at a Philadelphia polling place in 2008, a Tea Party group called the King Street Patriots has been accused of 1960s style voter intimidation in primarily minority precincts on the first day of early voting in Texas. The group is being sued by the Texas Democratic Party, following the filing of 14 voter intimidation complaints with the county clerk, and another two dozen with the Texas Democratic Party chairman.
Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of Kings Street Patriots strongly denies the allegations and noted that it was absurd that little old ladies would be intimidating anyone. She says that one 65 year old woman poll watcher came back from poll watching, after being kicked out for simply being presentitself a violation of the lawin tears.
Engelbrecht also notes that Kings Street Patriots learned they were being sued by the Texas Democratic Party at 11 a.m. yesterday morning when not one poll watcher had yet been removed and not one complaint sent to the county about any untoward actions.
In one instance, three poll watchers were yelled at by a Democrat Harris County Commissioner El Franco Lee who said,Why are you here? We have never had poll watchers here. Yall need to get on out of here.
Lee then demanded that the polling place judge give him information about the three poll watchers and the presiding judge compliedgiving him their private information. The three poll watchers now fear for their safety and wonder what will be done with their personal information which included their phone numbers and home addresses.
Tommy Christopher, who, it should be noted is a White House correspondent and not a Texas native nor a Texas reporter, makes an outrageous linkage to the Philadelphia Black Panther case. In that case, Black Panther members were armed and preventing people from voting.
The alleged cases here in Houston are unsupported accusations with no documentation and no video or audio proof. Meanwhile, the poll watchers themselves report being yelled at and harassed, told to leave, and intimidated.
Catherine Engelbrecht expressed frustration about the situationabout being sued, about the constant barrage of negative national media and the misunderstanding around the purpose of True The Vote.
We want everyone to have a free and fair election, Englebrecht said. Thats all we want. We are 100% innocent.
Houston blogger Kevin Whited notes that it looks like the Colorado Model is being brought to Harris County, Texas. He goes on to explain:
Of course, Matt Angle features in The Blueprint, a fine piece of political journalism that describes how a handful of committed millionaire progressives managed to flip formerly reliably Republican Colorado to the Dems over a few election cycles, through strategic funding of down-ballot political races, creation of a loose network of independent news organizations and ethics groups to pound targeted opponents, and liberal use (no pun intended) of the legal system to tie up ostensibly conservative organizations. Angle all but promised to bring the Colorado Model to Texas, in the form of his Lone Star Project (and associated groups).
And if you begin to connect the dots locally as Cory Crow also does you can see elements of the Colorado Model at work, right here in Harris County. Now, Theres nothing illegal or unethical per se about the model. In many ways, The Blueprint is a great political novel that just happens to be true. However, given the state political medias occasional interest in the influence of big money in politics (when it happens to be a donor like, say, Bob Perry), it would be nice to see that same interest extend to progressive big money and the machinations of nominally independent front groups.
Another local Houston blogger, Cory Crow does connect the dots:
Its interesting to note that, on the same day the HCDP added KSP to their lawsuit the George Soros/Matt Angle backed Texans for Public Justice filed an ethics complaint against KSP based almost entirely on reporting found in another Colorado Model media outlet, The American Independent, which was then dutifully carried by another Colorado Model news outlet The Texas Tribune which conveniently forgot to disclose TPJs funding ties to Texas Democratic king-maker Matt Angle.*
So we have several (allegedly) Democratic partisan groups suing and filing ethics complaints against an (allegedly) Republican partisan group for (allegedly) performing the exact same actions theyre (allegedly) involved in.
Now, to connect the dots even further. Earlier today, I noted that The Texas Tribune just partnered with the New York Times who has just opened a Texas division. From Poynter Online theres this:
In addition to Texas Tribunes public policy reporting, the Times plans to publish some cultural and lifestyles coverage in the new regional pages. Evan Smith, who was a longtime editor of Texas Monthly before becoming editor of Texas Tribune, will commission and edit the additional content separately from his duties at the Tribune.
The Democrats seem to want to make Texas a battleground stateby any means necessary. The only sticking point has been a small grassroots organization simply wanting to make sure Harris County elections are free and fair.
No doubt, this is not the last weve heard on this story.
Important! Houston Vote Fraud, ping it around.
Things are about to get really nasty!
Can this be moved to breaking?
I will try...hope moderators will not ban me and leave it there for a while. I agree it is very important to warn everybody about that threat.
Well, we can just ping everybody in the meantime.
Is there much action on the Texas state message board? Post he url for this thread there too.
Likely happening in your hometown PING
Man am I glad I got up to go to the restroom.
I have literally been having nightmares about voting fraud the last week.
We all have, I think. This is our only chance. If they steal it, America and everything it ever stood for dies.
Poll watchers do not just appear at the polls. You actually have to sign up with your party in advance and then be approved and assigned to a polling place by the board of elections. Both parties have poll watchers on site. I do it every election, although unfortunately this year I was away and missed the deadline so I’m not going to be able to do it.
Most of the time you just sit there and make sure people aren’t electioneering and that the clerks are following proper procedures. I do recall that during the 2004 elections, when I was living in the one Democrat county in North Florida, they were very hostile to me, however, and the Dems had sent lawyers to every polling place to “monitor” the poll watchers (only the GOP ones, of course). The attorneys would seek to intimidate the GOP poll watchers (mostly little old ladies) by demanding their personal information, etc., and speaking very harshly to them.
It looks to me like this incident in Texas was an example of a favorite Dem tactic, harrassment through attorney.
And people like these are who I nightmare about:
You got it in Breaking.. thank you so much.
I wonder if my high school friend, attorney Jared Woodfill (aka, Chairman Harris County GOP), will counter-sue or come to the defense of this little group of ladies.
suspect we will find that there is a LOT of this nationally. It will queer a few races this time and a few more next time. It is called The Fix and it seems to be in.
Lawsuit or not..... If Mr. Lee had disrespected my Mom like that....he’d be gettin a whoopin. Where were the MEN? I can’t believe nobody in that place came to their defense?
This is critical, and far more potent than Alinsky.
Well it is the VERY SAME fraud that these poll watchers are there to prevent.