Texas County Republicans sue election administrator over primary issues
The Harris County GOP in Texas on Monday sued election administrator Isabel Longoria, pictured here, over the March 1 primary in which 10,000 mail-in votes were not included in the tally of the election night. Screenshot/KHOU 11/YouTube
March 7 (UPI) — Harris County Republicans in Texas have sued election administrator Isabel Longoria, claiming she mishandled the county’s March 1 primary election.
Harris County Republican Party Chairwoman Cindy Siegel, Texas State Senator Paul Bettencourt and Harris County GOP Legal Counsel Steven Mitby announced the lawsuit at a press conference Monday, saying the election in the county, which contains Houston, was “the worst election.” fiasco in Texas history.”
The lawsuit comes after Longoria’s office announced over the weekend that 10,000 mail-in ballots – 6,000 Democrats and 4,000 Republicans – had not been added to the initial tally on election night,
“While the votes were scanned into our tabulation computer, they were not transferred and counted as part of the unofficial final results as they should have been,” Longoria’s office said.
The elections office said the votes will be added to the final tally when the central counting committee meets on Tuesday and that it is working with the secretary of state’s office to “investigate the missteps that have taken place in this process.” “.
In addition to the missing ballots, the GOP lawsuit states that Longoria breached its contract and noted issues, including incorrect ballots sent to some polling places, delivering ballots on the wrong size paper, omitting counting ballots within 24 hours of the close of polls and failing to deliver adequate ballots. voting equipment, including the required number of working voting machines.
The lawsuit is seeking damages, costs, and attorneys’ fees resulting from Longoria’s “violations of the Election Services Agreement.”
Siegel also called on Longoria to resign or be fired and remove his entire management team.
“I ask that she and her team be replaced,” she said. “But that’s not enough, I think we need to go further, have someone completely independent from the county not affiliated with the Republican Party or the Democratic Party, we have someone who can restore the confidence of voters.”
Harris County Democratic Party Chairman Odus Evbagharu issued a statement in response to the lawsuit, saying the party had called for a post-election review and that the county elections committee – on which he sits – should ensure the “necessary oversight” for the investigation.
“Our ultimate goal is to restore trust in the voting process and assure voters that we are doing our due diligence to make sure every vote is counted,” Avbagharu said. “We will review every step and take every step possible to instill confidence in the voting process with our voters and election workers.”