While there is a lot of talk about poll watchers in Harris County this election, Dos Centavos’ Stace Medellin couldn’t cite a single violation by a poll watcher in chronicling his voting experience Saturday, yet chose to observe the event as if he’d been victimized. You know, classic liberal stuff.
Reader’s Digest version: Stace was watched… by poll watchers.
After a few seconds, one of them stands up and hovers behind the staff who is checking the voters in[…] I picked my E-Slate (#3 on the pink side) and got to doing my duty, but I kept an eye on what they were doing as a few folks had walked in and the other intimidation team member stood up. So, being the avid voter that I am, I easily click Straight Democratic Ticket…but instead of clicking “next” to get to the last page faster, I used the dial and toggled over and and over and over again. It was loud enough to make one of the intimidation team members lose concentration and not hover as much.
So, let’s tally the score card, based on Stace’s assessment of the big, bad poll watchers:
What Stace fails to mention is all of those things, as described, are not in violation of any Texas Election Laws. (Although, the click wheel toggling might have been a violation of sanity, as we’ve seen by many Democrats at polling places lately.)
According to a guide published by the Texas Secretary of State‘s office (PDF, Read Here), poll watchers are permitted to observe all early voting and election day activities, including when a poll worker assists a voter at the eSlate.
Meanwhile, here is what poll watchers are not permitted to do, according to state election laws:
And yet, despite this poll worker performing within his authority as defined by state law, he still was labeled a member of the “voter intimidation team,” “Teabagger,” supporter of waterboarding, and “intimidator.”
A few things to take away from this:
Go vote, readers. This is the mindset we are up against.
Updated, 5:51 p.m.
By the way, I went back and checked the good ‘ol Dos Centavos archives. This same blogger who just wants to protect voters from intimidation never renounced the New Black Panther members in Pennsylvania for their corrupt (and clearly illegal) violations in 2008. In fact, two years before, the blog was “proud” to unite with the New Black Panthers in a meeting with then Houston City Councilwoman Carol Alvarado.
NotBill.com, a website launched against Henderson, frames Dr. John Ogletree’s re-election bid challenger as a ineffective one-term Harris County judge with a string of legal and financial problems, including run-ins with law enforcement and deadbeat dad status on child support payments.
The website, paid for by Harris County Precinct 015 Chair and accountant Ramsay Elder, has some conservatives scratching their heads as to why the author would eat one of his own. Or, why he would be throwing the election for a known “liberal Democrat who voted for Obama in 2008”, says Lone Star College-CyFair Republican Club chairman Matthew Conner.
According to the Federal Elections Commission, Ogletree has made only some $750 in contributions to two Democratic candidates, including U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-18), and Kevin Powell, a candidate for New York’s 10th Congressional District who lost in the Democratic primary.
Claims Ogletree supported President Obama in 2008 could not be substantiated.
Elder’s FEC contributions record looks like any perennial and well-funded Republican contributor’s wrap sheet, with some $23,000 in donations to Republican candidates.
So, what’s with Elder’s beef? And why would he commit an action which would result in the status quo for CFISD? Talk amongst yourselves.