Rumblings In Houston

This article has a number of sources, the main ones are the Washington Examiner on September 26th, Fox News on September 25th, and the American Thinker on September 26th.  The story deals with voter fraud found in Houston, Texas.

On Friday, August 27th, a warehouse fire destroyed nearly all of Harris County’s 10,000 electronic voting machines.  Harris County Tax Assessor Collector [and voter registrar] Leo Vasquez has accused an ACORN-like organization called “Houston Votes” of submitting thousands of bogus voter registration applications in recent months in what he said appears to be a campaign to taint the voter rolls.

This is the time line of the events:

According to the American Thinker:

“A group of people took it upon themselves to work at polling places in 2008 and observed – and were shocked – by what they perceived to be voter fraud. Their next step was to create a citizen-based grassroots group to collect publicly available voting data and analyze what they found (with the help of donated computers and volunteer helpers). They admit they did not know what they were doing at first but where there is a will there is a way.”

Fox News tells what happened next:

“”The first thing we started to do was look at houses with more than six voters in them” Engelbrecht said, because those houses were the most likely to have fraudulent registrations attached to them. “Most voting districts had 1,800 if they were Republican and 2,400 of these houses if they were Democratic . . .

“”But we came across one with 24,000, and that was where we started looking.”

“Vacant lots had several voters registered on them. An eight-bed halfway house had more than 40 voters registered at its address,” Engelbrecht said. “We then decided to look at who was registering the voters.”

“Their work paid off. Two weeks ago the Harris County voter registrar took their work and the findings of his own investigation and handed them over to both the Texas secretary of state’s office and the Harris County district attorney.

“Most of the findings focused on a group called Houston Votes, a voter registration group headed by Sean Caddle, who formerly worked for the Service Employees International Union. Among the findings were that only 1,793 of the 25,000 registrations the group submitted appeared to be valid. The other registrations included one of a woman who registered six times in the same day; registrations of non-citizens; so many applications from one Houston Voters collector in one day that it was deemed to be beyond human capability; and 1,597 registrations that named the same person multiple times, often with different signatures.”

Twenty five thousand illegal votes is a serious matter.  The connection with someone who formerly worked for the SEIU is very interesting.  Meanwhile, the people in charge of voting in Houston have to find a way to make sure every legal vote is counted in November. 

Honest elections depend on the integrity of the Secretary of State in the state involved.  We need to pay attention to whom we vote for in all offices in November, but particularly to make sure that voters in every state elect a Secretary of State who is honest.