BETTENCOURT: Houston's Election Problems are 'Too Big to Ignore in the Nation’s 3rd Largest County'


"The Legislature’s support for SB 1750 and SB 1933 is because Harris County is not too big to fail – but because its too big to ignore."

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – "There’s a reason why laws are passed in the State of Texas – so that Counties and Election Administrators can follow them. It’s up to County Judge Hidalgo (below, right,) to realize that both her appointed Election Administrators – one who already resigned in 2022, and the other who had a history of poor performance in Washington, D.C. –  repeatedly failed here in Harris County," said State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston,) responding earlier today to a hastily called news conference held by Harris County officials.

Despite having millions of paper ballots available for distribution in an Elections Administrator office warehouse, Harris County’s Elections Administrators failed to deliver enough paper ballots to over 120 Voting Centers during the November 8th, 2022 Election, as reported by KHOU 11, ​​​​​which among other similarly puzzling discretions led Sen. Bettencourt to seek remedy for in the State Legislature.​​
 
"The Legislature’s support for my bills – SB 1750 and SB 1933 – is because Harris County is not too big to fail, but because it is too big to ignore," said Bettencourt, who authored both SB 1750 & SB 1933 in Austin this session.

"The public’s trust in elections in Harris County must be restored. When a continuing set of problems culminates in the fact that the current Election Administrator couldn’t, or wouldn’t get millions of ballot paper sheets out of the warehouse to the polls for voters to vote on – that’s real voter suppression!" said Bettencourt.
 
“The reason why the Elections Administrator position and its duties have been returned to the county's elected officials by SB 1750 is that they did the job for decades correctly. Therefore, this is about performance – not politics.

"Both elected Democrat Harris County Office Holders have extensive prior experience in elections and voter registration.

"The intent of the law is clear – to return these duties to both of them, not just the County Clerk. These points were considered by the Legislature and debated, and the law signed by the Governor will be final.

"The Legislature will next conference on SB 1933 providing oversight from the Texas Secretary of State as the need should arise in future.

"It can NOT be tolerated in the Nation’s 3rd Largest County,” concluded Senator Paul Bettencourt
















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