Theodore's World: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Electioneering And Harassing Poll Watchers

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October 23, 2010

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Electioneering And Harassing Poll Watchers

This video above is from August of 2009, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee talks on the phone as a woman asks a question at a town hall event.


And now this below........................


Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Broke Laws at Polling Place, Harassed Poll Watchers

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) violated electioneering laws inside a polling place and harassed poll watchers at the Acres Home Multiservice Community Center on October 18th.

Two eyewitness anonymous sources, a poll watcher and an election clerk, who describe Rep. Jackson Lee speaking with and shaking hands of voters inside a polling place located in the same building as her district office and getting in the faces of poll watchers

Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Houston) violated election laws when, on Monday, October 18, she entered into Acres Home Multiservice Community Center, walked to where the voting booths were looking for the poll watchers, greeted voters there, and then found and confronted the poll watchers before being directed to, and then asked by, the presiding judge Bernard Gurski to leave the area.

A source speaking on the condition of anonymity said that she heard people say that Sheila Jackson Lee was in the voting area. The lobby of the building was chaotic because some people were in line to vote and some people were in line for the food bank.

So the source, a poll watcher, went into the room housing the voting booths and there stood Congresswoman Lee shaking hands with voters and greeting others–clearly electioneering. The poll watcher then went to one of the clerks and asked the presiding judge to take care of it.

While this occurred, the poll watcher heard Lee loudly say to the crowd in the voting area,”I’ve heard a lot of complaints about voter intimidation by poll watchers. I am not going to allow voter intimidation.”

The poll watcher started writing the incident down.

Lee then went to the poll watcher and asked,”What’s your name? Who do you represent?”

A poll watcher is not allowed to speak in the polling area, so directed Congresswoman Lee to the presiding judge. The poll watcher said that Congresswoman Lee indicated that she wanted names to report to the Department of Justice for voter intimidation.

The presiding judge asked Congresswoman Lee to leave.

It should be noted that Congresswoman Jackson-Lee’s office is also located in the building where voting takes place. In fact, she has to walk past those in line to vote every day on the way to her office.

Both the poll watcher and the presiding judge characterized the relationship between them to be pleasant and mutually respectful. Presiding Judge Gurski seemed more confident in the integrity of the election process than did the poll watcher, however.

The poll watcher observed and documented several violations of election code and characterized the problems as “systemic”.

This account is backed up by another worker there, an election clerk, who also wished to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. He relayed concern for his safety.

The election clerk described the poll watchers as timid. He said that they stayed out of the way, were quiet and and did not talk to any voters.

He confirms that Congresswoman Lee was, in fact, back near the voting booths and talking to the presiding judge but he did not overhear her conversation but saw her from a distance. He estimated that Sheila Jackson Lee was within 10 feet of the voting machines but was not herself voting. He also witnessed Congresswoman Lee talking to the poll watcher but again, could not hear the contents of the conversation.

The clerk corroborated the poll watcher’s report that there were consistent election law violations in the polling places. He cited many examples including:

- One man asked to vote for Obama and the man was directed to vote down the line Democrat.

- Excessive assistance given at the polling booth to those who were physically able and able to read.

- Election clerks asked leading questions on multiple occasions such as, “You want to vote Democrat, right?” while assisting someone at the voting booth rather then instructing a person how to use the machine to decide himself.

The poll watcher relayed an example where a man clearly wanted to vote for one candidate for Governor and that’s the only race he wanted to vote. The clerk assisting him kept insisting, “you want to vote Democrat, right?” To which the man would respond with the one candidate he wanted to vote for. His ballot eventually was cast with a straight Democrat ticket filled.


Wild Thing's comment........

This woman’s arrogance is despicable.

Cellphones are not allowed to be used in the polls here in Florida.

The laws don't apply to Democrats at a polling place, so they can't be violated. just ask Attorney General Holder and anyone who tried to vote at a New Black Panthers patrolled polling place in 2008.

Maybe this was the hope and change Oboma campaigned about. So far, he's destroyed the economy, created a record deficit, produced a record number of homeless, set a new food stamp record, lost millions of jobs, so why not destroy the elections, too? He might as well go for it all. His voters would be eternally grateful if he made everyone in the country as miserable and as self loathing as they are.

Posted by Wild Thing at October 23, 2010 02:40 AM


Problem is noting will be done about it...Nothing!

Posted by: BobF at October 23, 2010 09:41 AM

Hey Moosechelle got away with it, monkey see monkey do as we used to say as kids. She knows she's wrong but she don't care, Its the obama thing, cheat, steal and rob whity blind.

Posted by: Mark at October 23, 2010 09:34 PM


Posted by: Wild Thing at October 28, 2010 12:59 AM