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Author : Ralyn
Article ID : 34
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Published Date: 2010/10/26 13:24:26
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Soros group launches attack on poll watchers

Jackson Lee accused of threatening observers with Justice investigation

Posted: October 25, 2010
By Bob Unruh

A George Soros-funded organization, aided by Texas U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat, apparently is trying to chase volunteer observers from precinct polling locations across Harris County, Texas, after the watchers found election judges and clerks allegedly voting for citizens who were undecided.

"Only a week into early voting, volunteer poll-watchers also are being verbally and physically harassed by people loitering at the polls with no intention to vote at the time, including a man identified as a reverend and Houston Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who was seen inside the polling location electioneering and threatening to turn a poll-watcher's name to the Department of Justice for voter intimidation," said a statement from Liberty Institute.

The dispute has its roots in the bitter fight over elections that has developed in 2010, as Democrats both nationally and locally are feeling the sting of abandonment by voters who are enraged by the general takeover of society being pursued by President Obama.

WND reported just days ago when the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed it would investigate Democrat complaints of "intimidation" by "white middle class" poll observers in minority precincts in Harris County. They were accused of "hovering" around voters.

That followed by only months a decision at the highest levels of the DOJ that the charges in a case against members of the New Black Panther party, caught on video swinging a baton in front of a Philadelphia polling station in 2008, mostly would be dropped.

The situation in Houston erupted after workers with a volunteer organization called True the Vote investigated the work of a Houston Votes group and found that of the 25,000 voter registrations submitted, only 7,193 apparently were actually valid.

A video reveals Houston Votes project director Sean Caddle, who reportedly worked with Service Employees International Union, admitting that there could have been mistakes and "fraud" in signing up voters, including the case of a woman who was signed up to vote six times in a single day.

Then a lawsuit was filed against the King Street Patriots, a group of volunteer poll-watchers, by the Texas Democratic Party, and a "coordinated" ethics complaint was filed by Texans for Public Justice, which gets funding from the Soros-linked Open Society Institute, according to officials with Liberty Institute.

Spokesman Kelly Shackelford of Liberty Institute told WND that the attack appears to be an attempt to rid the polling stations of outside observers who already have written up a long list of concerns about election judges telling people out how vote, shadowing voters as they cast their votes, and even "voting for people who did not know for whom they wanted to vote."

"These lawsuits are exactly the kind of abusive disrespect for citizens that got our political leaders into trouble," said Catherine Engelbrecht, chief of the King Street Patriots. "We will not be intimidated by partisan attacks, by the Democratic party, or by anyone else."

Shackelford said he has filed a response in court to the lawsuit by the Democrats, explaining that the claims largely are baseless.

"As a matter of law, corporations cannot sue individuals for defamation; this attack in baseless," he said. "All these attacks are clearly an attempt to bully and silence a group of volunteer citizens who are just trying to keep the election process honest.

"This is pure desperation by a Democratic Party everyone knows is not doing so well."

His office has seen complaints that poll watchers are being threatened, intimidated and abused, the report from Liberty Institute confirmed today.

A video posted online purported reveals Jackson Lee "electioneering" not far from a polling station:

The complaint over her actions was being forwarded to county election officials, Shackelford told WND.

Jackson Lee declined to respond to WND's request for comment, and a staff member said she considers allegations of voter intimidation very serious and that's why she wants the Justice Department to be involved.

Shackelford told WND the King Street Patriots became concerned after the discovery of the "massive voter irregularity." They decided to get training, find their own sponsors, and watch the actions at the precinct polling locations.

He said among the reports that have come in were those that poll watchers saw election officials actually voting for some residents, and other election officials encouraging voters to pursue a straight party-line ticket.

Some of the observers, ordinary volunteers including housewives and others, "have been coming back in tears, completely shocked by the treatment they've received," he said.

Shackelford warned that if it's going on in one county, too, there undoubtedly would be other counties with election issues.

Read more here: World Net Daily

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