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Harris County Republicans sue the elections administrator over her 2022 primary election management

The suit comes after massive delays in the unofficial vote count and the revelation that about 10,000 mail-in ballots still have not been included in the count.

Campaign and voting signs line the entry way to a polling station in Harris County.

The Harris County Republican Party sued Elections Administrator Isabel Longoria Monday over her management of the 2022 primary election.

The lawsuit accuses Longoria of breach of contract and violating the Texas election code. The suit also calls for independent oversight of Harris County’s upcoming elections.

Cindy Siegel, the chair of the Harris County GOP, said during a press conference Monday afternoon that oversight from by the Texas Secretary of State or the courts is necessary to restore ‘ confidence in the county’s elections and ensure, “that there will be a properly managed election process in Harris County.”

The GOP has been calling for Longoria to resign or be fired since the primary after the unofficial vote count was delayed. Under Texas election code, the county has to return election materials within 24 hours of the polls closing. Harris County finished its unofficial vote count after midnight Thursday, hours after the 7 p.m. Wednesday deadline.

The Secretary of State’s office intervened after both the Harris County GOP and Harris County Democratic Party expressed concerns about delays.

The unofficial election results didn’t include 10,000 mail-in ballots that went uncounted election night., and state Sen. Paul Bettencourt said Longoria didn’t alert the party chair about missing ballots before sending out an email to the press Saturday night.

“That is completely disingenuous behavior by what’s supposed to be the chief election’s officer in the third largest county,” he said.

In a statement, the Harris County Democratic Party expressed its own concerns about how the election was run, with Democratic Party Chair Odus Evbagharu calling for a post-election review.

“We will look at every measure and take any action possible to instill confidence in the voting process with our voters and election workers,” Evbagharu said.

Longoria’s office did not respond to a request for comment. The Harris County Attorney’s office said it was still reviewing the allegations Monday afternoon.

Harris County commissioners are set to debate a measure to fire Longoria at Tuesday’s commissioners court meeting.

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