Elections Admin Search Delayed After Contentious County Election Commission Meeting
Members Voted 3 to 2 to Adjourn Over Agenda Details
Houston – The search for a new Harris County Elections Administrator was delayed today after a GOP member of the County Election Commission argued that acceptance of the current EA’s resignation had to be added to the pre-meeting agenda before moving forward — an argument the County Attorney said was without merit.
Harris County Republican Party Chair Cindy Siegel declared it was not possible to address the priority agenda items outlined for Wednesday’s meeting because the Board first needed to accept EA Isabel Longoria’s resignation, an item not included in the formal agenda.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo requested review and feedback from the County Attorney’s office who said legally there is no requirement to have the resignation on the published agenda.
Following a contentious discussion, members of the Board voted 3 to 2 to immediately adjourn the meeting. Hidalgo and Harris County Democratic Party Chair Odus Evbagharu voted against adjournment.
“This is yet another GOP-driven delay in planning for our elections that could have a negative impact on Harris County voters in the upcoming elections,” said HCDP Odus Evbagharu.
“The County Attorney said he reviewed the code and found no legal reason to delay today’s agenda.
“Administrator Longoria had already provided her resignation, effective July 1. This is no different than essentially giving us a two-week notice before she departs. It’s the responsibility of the Election Commission to provide a timeline to the public and make this process as transparent as possible. Today, we failed the public.
“Houstonions want us rolling up our sleeves and getting to work, to make sure every vote is counted and every voice is heard. We have to do better for the people of Harris County and the Democratic Party is absolutely committed to a transparent process.”
For Immediate Release
April 6, 2022
Contact: Elisa Rochford