The questionable voter registration applications, collected by a group operating under the name of Houston Votes, included voters that were already registered, applications submitted by the same voters, and applications with incomplete or erroneous information. Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Leo Vasquez says representatives of Houston Votes assured him that the problems would be corrected, but were not.
"This amounts to over 5-thousand deficient voter registration applications which have inundated our office. Based on this performance pattern, we will be terminating a number of individuals from this volunteer deputy program."
He says the pattern of the erroneous voter applications is serious.
"We have evidence indicating violations of the Texas election code, falsified documents being submitted to this governmental office, and possible violations of federal election laws."
Vasquez says he is referring the irregularities along with associated documentation for investigation and possible prosecution to the Texas Secretary of State and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
"It is my sincere hope that this episode will bring more attention to the general public about the importance of voter registration. Hopefully, this will also spur legislation on both the federal and state levels, to put more teeth into election fraud penalties."
Questions on voter registration applications can be found at www.hcvoter.net.