2022 midterm election outcomes: Harris County GOP pronounces 2nd petition difficult Republican Erin Lunceford's loss – KTRK-TV
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — There is a new twist within the unending November election. For the second time in lower than per week, a Republican candidate in Harris County is difficult the outcomes of a race they misplaced. Attorneys for Erin Lunceford filed a petition Wednesday requesting a brand new election for the 189th Judicial District Courtroom.
The petition lists 18 examples of points Lunceford and the Harris County Republican Occasion mentioned compromised the integrity of the election in Harris County. Democrats known as the problem an inexpensive, political ploy. Nonetheless, each side agreed that there might be extra challenges like this sooner or later.
“Mr. Tatum, your day of reckoning has simply began,” Andy Taylor, an election lawyer, mentioned concerning the Harris County Elections Administrator Clifford Tatum.
Republicans are calling out errors Tatum made, saying he botched the safety, integrity, and reliability of the end result within the race for the 189th Judicial Courtroom. Their record of errors included components ABC13 has reported on, together with paper and staffing shortages and the additional hour of voting a court docket allowed on Election Day.
Lunceford misplaced her race by simply 2,743 votes. She claims Tatum’s errors make it unimaginable to declare the “true winner.”
“As a former decide and as a trial lawyer for 34 years, I imagine you need to observe the foundations,” Lunceford mentioned. “That is an instance of individuals not following guidelines and getting a outcome the place all of us query whether or not our vote mattered.”
“We will stand by Clifford Tatum and the work that he does,” Harris County Lawyer Christian Menefee mentioned.
Menefee admitted there have been points in Harris County with processing, however he mentioned he welcomed the chance to defend the end result of the election in court docket.
“What we’re seeing is a bunch of losers who, as an alternative of acknowledging they misplaced, are actually attempting to run to the courtroom and make up theories in hopes to get some issues overturned. I stay up for being concerned on this case and actively working to guard the votes that have been solid by the folks of Harris County,” Menefee mentioned.
With Harris County Democrats and Republicans on separate sides of election integrity, political specialists mentioned it is the voters who will undergo.
“It is a damaging factor for our nation, in addition to our state. However sadly, given the main target of many politicians on pol speaking factors as an alternative of coverage, it is more likely to proceed with each election being disputed at the very least in a method or one other, particularly once they’re comparatively shut or when errors happen,” Mark Jones, a professor of political science at Rice College, mentioned.
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