When Catherine Engelbrecht and her friends sat down and started talking politics several years ago, they soon agreed that talking wasn’t enough. They wanted to do more. So when the 2008 election came around, “about 50” of her friends volunteered to work at Houston’s polling places.
“What we saw shocked us,” she said. “There was no one checking IDs, judges would vote for people that asked for help. It was fraud, and we watched like deer in the headlights.”
“Vacant lots had several voters registered on them. An eight-bed halfway house had more than 40 voters registered at its address,” Engelbrecht said. “We then decided to look at who was registering the voters.”
Fact Two: Last month, a mysterious fire broke out that destroyed most of the voting machines for Harris County, Texas. [Houston is in Harris County.]
Fact Three: The fire occurred three days after Harris County voter registrar Leo Vasquez issued a press release stating:
Houston Votes is the get-out-the-vote arm of the Texans Together Education Fund.
“Evidence shows that the Houston Votes and Texans Together organization are conspiring on a pattern of falsification of government documents, supporting perjury in a deliberate effort to overburden our processing system,” he said.
Fact Four: As arson investigators continue looking into the blaze, their focus seems to be less centered on arson than on what may have been the building’s electrical system.
The Houston Fire Department has not yet ruled out arson as the cause of a massive fire last month that destroyed most of the county’s voting machines. But arson investigators are working on the theory that it was accidentally fire that started in the building’s electrical system.
The fire destroyed almost 10,000 voting machines — the county’s entire stock.
Immediately, there were questions about the cause and about the possibility that it was deliberately set to disrupt the Nov. 2 election.
For the last month, fire investigators have been combing the debris.
On Thursday, Arson Chief Gabe Cortez said they have found no evidence an accelerant, such as gasoline, was used in the fire.
As it did in 2008, the Texas Democratic Party has sued the Harris County voter registrar in federal district court for what it says are violations of voter registration laws, political favoritism and violations of voter privacy.
Most of the findings focused on a group called Houston Votes, a voter registration group headed by Steve [Sean] Caddle, who also works for the Service Employees International Union. Among the findings were that only 1,793 of the 25,000 registrations the group submitted appeared to be valid. The other registrations included one of a woman who registered six times in the same day; registrations of non-citizens; so many applications from one Houston Voters collector in one day that it was deemed to be beyond human capability; and 1,597 registrations that named the same person multiple times, often with different signatures.
“The integrity of the voting rolls in Harris County, Texas, appears to be under an organized and systematic attack by the group operating under the name Houston Votes,” the Harris voter registrar, Leo Vasquez, charged as he passed on the documentation to the district attorney. A spokesman for the DA’s office declined to discuss the case. And a spokesman for Vasquez said that the DA has asked them to refrain from commenting on the case.
Caddle can also be seen on this video. Note Caddle’s comments at 4:40 that he does not deal with the fundraising…
The Sean Caddle above appears to be the same Sean Caddle from New Jersey who settled in Colorado for a time and ran for the position of Finance Director of the Colorado Young Democrats who noted in his bio:
I have been raising or helped raise money for Democratic Candidates for the last six years of my life. I believe that I have the background to move the Finance position in a different direction with the many ideas that I have. Raising money is not easy, it is very hard to ask people you have never met in your life to contribute funds for something they may be barely involved with, but in order to run effective programs you need funding and I believe I can move the position in a direction that will get the Colorado Young Democrats the proper funding we would need to run our programs well.
I have been involved in Politics for the last ten years of my life, and for the past six I have solely worked in politics for a living. I was the former Deputy Executive Director for the Hudson County Democratic Organization as well as being the Field Director for such candidates as Congressman Robert Menendez, Governor James E. McGreevey, and Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham. I was also the Campaign Manager for Assemblyman Louis M. Manzo, and currently I am his Political Consultant and his Finance Director. I am also currently the State Director for Colorado for Health Care. I have run for office twice as a County Committee Man in New Jersey, winning twice on the ballot with U.S Senator Robert Torricelli and County Executive Thomas A. Degise. All this being said I would not think it is a stretch to say politics is my life.
Fact Seven: One candidate running as a Democrat in District 133 in Harris County, is Kristi Thebaut, formerly affiliated with ACORN [h/t Anita MonCrief]
Of course, between the fire, the fraud, the SEIU and ACORN connections, they could be just mere coincidences…
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