Congresswoman Tells Harris County Voters Not To Be Intimidated

Houston congresswoman says Harris County residents need to speak up if they feel they're being kept from voting.

"It is absolutely unacceptable for Americans to be intimidated away from the voting place"

Surrounded by community and union leaders, Houston Congreswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee called voter suppression a moral outrage.  She says anyone who feels they're being intimidated needs to contact Justice Department monitors who'll be watching the elections here in Harris County. 

department of justce number 18002533931Jackson-Lee told voters they only need one form of identification, not two, and they have the right to request curbside voting if they have a handicap that makes it difficult to go inside.

Mary Ramos with LULAC says voters also face other problems.

"I had a LULAC member go to one of the polling places off 2920, and she was told she couldn't vote because she was dead. That is ridiculous."

The U.S. Justice Department is sending election monitors to over 50 jurisdictions in 23 states. Officials say monitors in Harris County will mainly observe the use of new Chinese language ballots, but Jackson-Lee says they'll be watching for all violations.

"If I call up and say I believe I was intimidated because I was at a polling place and that they treated me differently because I happen to be of a different background or spoke a different language, the monitor would come and address that question. All issues on on the table."

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Gail Delaughter

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Gail Delaughter joined KUHF in October 2008 as Saturday morning news anchor and host. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Gail has extensive experience in Texas and Louisiana as a radio news reporter and morning show anchor and co-host...