Another blow has been dealt to voters in Harris County, Texas just days after the Harris County Voter Registrar Leo Vasquez released a 72 page PowerPoint on voting irregularities from a local group similar to the infamous ACORN.
“The integrity of the voting rolls in Harris County, Texas, appears to be under an organized and systematic attack by the group operating under the name Houston Votes,” Vasquez said at a 2 p.m. press conference at his office, where he also released copies of applications in some of the most egregious cases.”
Today, voters are waking up with the news that the Harris County Election Technology Center was the site of a massive three-alarm fire early this morning.
“Hector DeLeon, spokesman for the Harris County Clerk’s Office, says there were roughly 10,000 eSlate machines stored at the warehouse facility at an estimated cost of $3,000 each. That puts the replacement cost for the units at an estimated $30 million or more.
The fire started at approximately 4 a.m. Friday at a county warehouse on Canino Road near Downey Street.
Houston Fire Department spokesperson Patrick Trahan says someone contacted the department from a neighboring FedEx facility. Trahan says when the first fire engines arrived, one-third of the building was engulfed in flames.
It became a three-alarm fire, with about 200 firefighters trying to get it under control. More than two hours after the initial call, Trahan said it was not yet under control, but it was contained.”
County officials plan to meet today to discuss options, but local reports declare that elections will go on as scheduled.
“The county likely will have to depend on other counties around the state, even across the country, to donate similar machines, but Kaufman remains confident the elections will go on as scheduled.
A spokesperson for the Houston Fire Department tells KTRH that firefighters did find some voting machines, but it is unclear how many. The department said there is no word yet on what started the fire.”
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