Dorothy Turner expected me when I knocked on the door of her home in Crosby, Texas. But last week, the retired math teacher got a visit that was anything but expected.
“Someone from the attorney general’s office who was wearing a gun,” Turner said.
Sgt. Robyn Wilson, a criminal investigator, told her the Texas Department of Public Safety said she had died.
“At that time, I was very shocked. Deceased? And she told me it was in connection with voting,” Turner said.
She isn’t alone. This week, the secretary of state ordered Harris County to purge 9,000 dead voters after the legislature passed a new law in 2011.
Because the list contained more than 300 people who were still alive, Harris County Tax Assessor Don Sumners cancelled the effort here.
“It really was a weak match; it wasn’t a real positive match like we normally get from them,” Sumners said.
A secretary of state representative said while this is an attempt to remove the dead from the rolls, it is actually tied to the voter ID lawsuit. Texas required voters to show ID before voting until the feds intervened.
Rich Parsons said the secretary of state and DPS received a list of 50,000 people who were considered dead but still on the voter rolls. Parsons said his office matched voting data with those individuals and came up with a final list of 250 people who were listed as dead but still voting.
He said that list was sent to the attorney general for an investigation.
Turner was on that list. She said a pistol-packing investigator can be intimidating and the wrong way to determine if voters are dead.
“The more I thought about it, the more I became angry because of the fact that I have always been a law-abiding citizen,” she said. “I have always voted and for someone to come to my home from the criminal investigation division of the attorney general, it was like I had done something truly, truly wrong.
The AG’s office would only say this is a criminal investigation. Why are they using gun-toting investigators?
“I can’t speak to investigation techniques,” Parsons said. “We can’t tell the AG’s office what to do.
After that visit, Turner, who typically votes absentee, said it’ll be different this November since the state can’t seem to figure out if she’s alive or dead.
“The first day of early voting, I’m going to be there to see if my name is really on that roll,” she said.
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