The Factor has learned something is underway in Harris County that’s been making a lot of voters nervous and suspicious.
The office of Harris County Tax Assessor Collector Don Sumners has begun purging the voter rolls.
They call it a death challenge.
Fred King, a spokesman for the Tax office, says this is standard procedure.
He says it’s to insure those who are on the voter rolls are actually alive.
King says his office has sent out 9,018 death challenge notices to voters in Harris County.
He says this is a procedures that’s been mandated by the Texas Secretary of State (below) and federal government.
A Harris County resident tells me her elderly relative received one of the letters and they’re very much alive.
The best thing you can do is monitor your mail to sure you won’t be purged from the rolls while you’re still kicking.
Meanwhile, Houston political strategist Dallas Jones says a purge just before a national election is a bad idea. He writes:
This is extremely dangerous. Goverment keeps track of those people that are deceased.
The purging of the rolls should not be dependant on someone sending in a response to a form which is highly unlikely.
In a day where our elections are run by a county office who is elected by party, this leaves the door open for many questions.
Particularly when that office and officer has experienced many high level gaffes in the last couple of months.
Dallas S. Jones
ELITE Change, Inc.