Does anyone know a good voting rights attorney who will work for beer money? Because if I were a more litigious lefty, I'd be licking my chops at the prospect of a history-changing lawsuit. By suppressing any mention of political parties that, for whatever reason, do not hold primary elections, the Harris County Clerk's Office is effectively partisan in nature—and that's unethical at best, unconstitutional at worst.
Longtime HCGP apparatchik Alán Alán Apurim noticed something about the information presented on the HCCO's Harris Votes website. Well, to be more precise, he noticed what information is not on the site: that voters may exercise an option other than voting in a primary or abstaining entirely.
Apurim sent a message to the appropriate administrator at HCCO about correcting the oversight. From the resulting correspondence, it seems that the County Clerk's staffers need to be, shall we say, deprogrammed out of the notion that our political activities must remain confined to donkeys and elephants.
Of course, ours is by no means the only county in Texas guilty of such on omission, but Harris County is by far the most populous, with about one-seventh of all registered voters in the state.
Here is Apurim's message to Hector DeLeon of the Voter Outreach Department, in its entirety, used with his permission, with only slight modifications to Apurim's idiosyncratic email formatting:
Dear Mr. deLeon,
Add to the question of "unethical" and "unconstitutional" the possibility that Harris County is ignoring the will of the majority of its adult residents. If not 2/3, at least half of the voting-age population perceives both corporate parties as inadequate. (Sorry I don't have a citation for the polls to which Apurim refers.)
This was the best Mr. DeLeon could do by way of a reply:
Thank you for your email.
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Apurim gently informed deLeon that his reply was a non-answer:
To be continued(?).
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