Texas AG Files Lawsuit to Throw Out Harris County Provisional Election Day Ballots
‘Calculated Move by Paxton Because a Criminal Judge Race Flipped in Favor of Democrats,’ Says HCDP Chair
HOUSTON – Almost two weeks after the midterm election, when all the Harris County ballots have been counted, indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a mandamus petition to throw out the provisional ballots cast during the additional hour of voting ordered by a court on Election Day.
“This is a calculated move by Paxton to change the election results because a criminal judge race flipped in favor of Democrats during the final count,” said Harris County Democratic Party Chair Odus Evbagharu.
In the final count, the Harris County felony judge race for the 180th criminal state district court flipped in favor of DaSean Jones, the Democratic incumbent.
“The indicted attorney general sat on his hands for nearly two weeks and waited to file this lawsuit the day before the election results are certified.
“Everyone should be angry that a GOP state leader is attempting to interfere with the independent, nonpartisan counting of votes and the certification of Harris County’s election results.
“State leadership should be trusted partners in our elections, not trying to get votes thrown out under the cover of night while Harris County residents are preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday.”
For Immediate Release
Nov. 21, 2022
Contact: Elisa Rochford