The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”) and Texas State Conference of the NAACP (“Texas NAACP”) sent a letter to Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos today expressing serious concern about reports of irregularities caused by Hart eSlate electronic voting machines in Texas. We urged Secretary Pablos to take immediate action to ensure that these machines have not been compromised in any way—whether as a result of a malfunction or of malicious interference. We asked for his office to assemble an emergency task force of examiners, in accordance with his responsibilities and powers under the Texas Election Code, to inspect and audit a representative sample of the Hart eSlate machines currently in operation in at least the counties of Coryell, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, McLennan, Montgomery, Nagadoches, Tarrant, and Travis, as well as any other counties where similar issues have been reported to date. This will help to ensure that no voter’s “opportunity to participate in the political processes and to elect candidates of their choice” is denied or abridged during the early voting period or on Election Day in Texas.
LDF and the Texas NAACP welcome the opportunity to meet with Secretary Pablos and discuss these concerns in detail.
Read the full letter here.