Early Voting Location Vandalized

Officials with the Harris County Clerk’s Office say they don’t think burglars who hit an early voting location over the weekend were trying to tamper with the outcome of the city’s run-off elections. Laurie Johnson reports.

The crooks took-off with two county computers, a modem, a printer and a scanner in the break-in at the Julia C. Hester House in northeast Houston. Kevin Mausey is the chief deputy at the Harris County Clerk’s Office.

“The equipment that people vote on, the eSlate, was secured. We had our technicians check them out and they verified that they are secured and the votes that have been cast and the votes that will be cast are safe and secure.”   

The computers that were stolen did contain names and addresses of voters, information that’s already available to the public, but not social security numbers or how they voted. Mausey says at this point, the break-in appears to be completely random.

“It’s one of those things that happens periodically. We don’t believe that were targeting an early voting facility. The building itself was burglarized and other things were taken throughout the building.” 

Early voting in Saturday’s city of Houston run-off election ends at 7 pm tomorrow.  


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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