Monday, Nov.7, 2022
In response to the U.S. Department of Justice agreeing to send federal observers to monitor Harris County elections at the request of several local elected officials, including Commissioners Rodney Ellis and Adrian Garcia, Commissioner Ellis issued this statement:
“Our vote is our voice and no one should be silenced tomorrow—every voice needs to be heard at the ballot box. I’m grateful to the Department of Justice for sending federal observers to Harris County. Given the ongoing attacks on democracy, threats to election workers, and attempts to subvert legitimate elections, their presence is welcome and needed. We must do everything in our power to defend our democracy and make sure eligible voter should be able to exercise their right to vote in a fair and free election.”
Commissioners Ellis and Garcia sent a request for federal monitors last week, citing concerns about the potential for intimidation of election workers and voters, especially in communities of color.