Harris County Texas refuses to produce voting records that might show illegal voters
Washington Free Beacon:
A Texas county has been hit with a lawsuit for concealing records in relation to noncitizens on voter rolls.Harris County is huge and its population dwarfs that of several states. It has a history of questionable voter registration. In some areas "voters" give their addresses as vacant lots or storefronts with not living quarters. A Texas District Judge whose court was in the county once told me that she had to win by between five and 10 percent to overcome the vote fraud. The county has teh bulk of the city of Houston within its boundaries as well as other incorporated areas.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), an election integrity group, filed a complaint on Thursday against the Office of the Harris County Voter Registrar in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas for its refusal to disclose documents or allow the inspection of its voter rolls in relation to registrants who were removed after it was discovered that they were noncitizens.
"The Foundation seeks a declaration that all of Defendant's records related to list maintenance, including but not limited to those explicitly requested by the Foundation, are subject to public inspection without encumbrance by any state public disclosure laws and must be preserved for such inspection purposes," the complaint reads. "The Foundation seeks an injunction to compel Defendant Bennett to comply with Subsection 20507(i) through an order commanding her to permit inspection and duplication of all records concerning the maintenance of registration lists."
Voter registration officials in Harris County previously testified that "thousands" of noncitizens were discovered on their rolls every year and then handed over to the District Attorney for prosecution. Houston, one of the largest cities in the United States, is located in Harris County.
PILF initially requested to review the records of Harris County on Dec. 1, 2017, but was ultimately denied access to the documents on Jan. 11. The group then sent a final notice to the county in late January warning that they could face a federal lawsuit if they continued to deny the group inspection of the records.
PILF is seeking access to the records under Section 8 of the National Voters Registration Act of 1993, which allows individuals to inspect "records concerning the implementation of programs and activities conducted for the purpose of ensuring accuracy and currency of official lists of eligible voters."