The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and Texas State Conference of the NAACP just wrote a powerful letter to the Texas Secretary of State, Rolando B. Pablos, insisting that he protect the voting rights of all Texans after reports of ominous irregularities from voting machines throughout the state.
“In the past week, we have received reports from individuals and voter advocacy groups that some Texas voters attempting to cast a straight-ticket ballot for the Democratic Party on Hart eSlate machines have seen their selection for U.S. Senator switch at the last moment to the candidate for the Republican Party,” the NAACP and LDF wrote in their letter. “We have not received reports that this is happening to Texas voters attempting to cast a straight-ticket ballot for the Republican Party on these machines. But our request that your office do more on this issue is non-partisan and will protect all voters.”
After describing how the machines in question are used in 82 of Texas’ 254 counties, with at least nine of those counties reporting difficulties, the letter goes on to list government concerns about potential Russian meddling in the electoral process and expresses alarm about the fact that if vote tampering were to occur, it would be “nearly impossible to audit after an election, once votes have been cast and election results have been called.” It also claims that Pablo’s office has not gone far enough to address voters’ concerns and calls for him to “immediately assemble an emergency task force of examiners, in accordance with your responsibilities and powers under the Texas Election Code, to inspect and audit a representative sample of the Hart eSlate machines currently in operation in at least the counties of Coryell, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, McLennan, Montgomery, Nagadoches, Tarrant, and Travis, as well as any other counties where similar issues have been reported to your office or in the media to date.”