Harris County Democrats’ Statement on HCRP Call for Special Independent Oversight for County Elections
HOUSTON — In a press conference today — their third held since the election — the Harris County GOP suggested a special oversight committee for elections, a request Harris County Democratic Party Chair Odus Evbagharu calls “redundant” and “hype designed to create unwarranted fear about our election process.”
Harris County Democratic Party Chair Odus Evbagharu issued the following statement in response:
“A committee already exists to provide elections oversight. The Harris County Elections Committee — made up of both party chairs, the county judge, the county clerk, and the county tax assessor — is designed to provide direction and supervision over elections held in Harris County.
“In addition to the elections committee, a third-party consultant is being brought in to review the county’s elections operations. The County Commissioners Court literally just voted to hire an independent consultant to make recommendations for improvements for the remaining 2022 elections.
“The county GOP is making a redundant request at a press event in order to play into the ‘big lie’ told by Trump and other Republican leaders — it’s political theater and is being used as a tool to manipulate the public. Implying that our County Judge is ‘covering-up’ is ludicrous, especially when the moment this surfaced she immediately stepped in to address the situation. The GOP is shamelessly promoting hype designed to create unwarranted fear about the election process.
“Commissioners Court put a plan in place to address the issues that occurred in the primary. We should all focus our energy on that.”
For Immediate Release
March 9, 2022
Contact: Elisa Rochford