Friday, October 29, 2010 Activists Harass Elderly Black Voters In Texas

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(Story reported by Ryan J. Reilly for Talking Points

Two middle-aged white Republican activists in Texas allegedly harassed and intimidated at least seven elderly African-American voters at their homes in eastern Texas, according to a complaint filed with the Justice Department on Thursday.

Gerry Hebert, executive director of the Campaign Legal Center, submitted a report to DOJ alleging that two unidentified women visited elderly African-American voters at their homes in Bowie County and questioned them about their mail-in ballot applications, Mother Jones first reported.

The women allegedly showed up to 78-year-old Willard Wherry's home and asked him who had helped him fill in his mail-in ballot. "We are just trying to be sure no one is trying to coax someone to vote," one of the woman allegedly told Willard. Other individuals who were allegedly visited by the women were also listed on the complaint.

A GOP candidate for Bowie County Clerk, Natalie Nichols, also allegedly threatened a Bowie County elections official due to her concerns over mail-in ballot fraud.

Lacey Golden, the elections official, said in a statement that Nichols came into the office on Oct. 15 and asked if Golden had verified the signatures on the envelopes of mail-in ballots and grew aggressive.

"I feel she personally threatened me and severely invaded by personal space," Golden wrote. "She told me I was committing fraud by letting that happen, and she had called the [Secretary of State] about it already."

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msladydeborah said...

I am not liking these incidents. No one has the right to harass anyone over voting. Our people have fought too hard just to gain the right to participate in the process. We are either going to protect our rights and ourselves, or we will be seeing more of this type of story.

Bmc said...

@msladydeborah: I agree with you. The underbelly of America is rearing its scarred, ugly head of Jim Crow Past. Thanks for your feedback.