Mon, 05/10/2021 - 12:41

My name is Glenn Etienne, and I serve as a Presiding Election Judge here in Harris County. Before I became a Presiding Judge, I served as an Election Clerk and Alternate Judge, so I’ve enjoyed several years of growth and learning about the election process.

Glenn Etienne

I am proud to serve as an election judge, helping to facilitate one of the most precious rights an American Citizen can have: the right to VOTE! It is also one of the most important rights an American Citizen can have, and should be treated with the utmost respect!

I am proud to serve as an election judge, helping to facilitate one of the most precious rights an American Citizen can have: the right to VOTE!

I’m deeply concerned about the attempts around the Country to restrict access to the ballot box. Attempts that are designed to make it harder to vote, rather than easier. Here in Texas, the two bills currently in the Texas Legislature, House Bill 6 and Senate Bill 7, will make access to the ballot box harder for all Texans. Just as an update, SB7 passed in the House, with all Democrats and 1 Republican voting against. Now it goes to the Senate, but it does not need to go through the full committee process since SB7 has passed the Senate once already. What most likely will happen next is a conference committee -- made up of selected members of the Legislature -- will work on a final version of the bill behind closed doors and then it will be sent back to both chambers for a final vote. The hearing for House Bill 6 lasted more than 21 hours, with hundreds of Texans voicing their opposition to the bill that will serve to suppress votes in this state. The legislation was approved by the House Elections Committee on a party line vote.

This is not about “Election Security.” This is about “Maintaining Power” on the part of the Legislators who are promoting this restrictive, suppressive legislation.

As an Election Judge, I am here to tell you today, that these bills represent a “solution” in search of a “problem”. The safeguards that have been developed here in Harris County over the last several years by the Harris County Clerk’s Office and now by the Elections Administrator’s Office, provide all the measures needed to ensure the integrity of the vote. Last year’s elections proved that to be the case. When a voter checks into vote and a clerk is unable to verify that a voter is eligible to vote, we go to great lengths to ensure that the voter is either eligible to vote or not, and if, after a thorough evaluation process that involves the Elections Administrator’s Office, the voter is determined not to be eligible to vote, we explain the reason why and offer a solution to correct the cause for ineligibility. The election process in the state of Texas is one of the most restrictive in the country, and the proposed legislation threatens to impose even greater restrictions on Texans. The proposed legislation is unwarranted.

Please call Texas Governor Greg Abbott's Office at 512-463-2000 or Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan’s Office at 512-463-1000 to voice your disapproval of these bills. Make sure to give them your name and zip code.

Last October, during Early Voting in the General Election, thousands of Texans returned their mail ballots and chose to vote in person because they did not trust using the U.S. Postal Service because of the changes that were implemented prior to the election, and because they did not want to drive from Spring, Texas to NRG Center to drop off their ballot. They complained about the reduction of mail ballot drop off locations from 11 during the Primary Runoffs in July, 2020 to One location for the General Election. Why not keep all the locations that were available during the Runoffs?

As an Election Judge, I am here to tell you today, that these bills represent a “solution” in search of a “problem.”

My voting location site also offered Drive-through voting to help alleviate fears brought on by the Pandemic and which proved to be a very efficient, effective operation. While I oversaw the in-person voting, located inside the facility, we were responsible for curbside voting, and quite often had to re-direct voters looking for the drive-through facility to it. These were voters of all races, creeds and color and invariably all political parties. This benefited all voters and proved to be a positive option for them. Why would we want to eliminate Drive-through voting? The same safeguards that are used in in-person voting are used in Drive-through voting. What is the point in eliminating an option that proved to be so valuable?

Glenn Etienne Speaking at GHP Protest Rally

This is not about “Election Security.” This is about “Maintaining Power” on the part of the Legislators who are promoting this restrictive, suppressive legislation. We wish those Legislators had been more concerned with “Maintaining Power” after receiving warnings about Texas’ Power Grid in the years prior to and leading up to the February freeze Event. All Texans would have appreciated that!

Please call Texas Governor Greg Abbott's Office at 512-463-2000 or Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan’s Office at 512-463-1000 to voice your disapproval of these bills. Make sure to give them your name and zip code.

Thank you again for “Protecting the Vote!”