Preserving our democratic process must be a priority for Harris County. I’m proud that Harris County Commissioners Court has approved moving our electoral process away from a system that is based on the racist disenfranchisement of communities of color and embraced a contemporary system that reflects our county’s values and diversity.
By creating the Harris County Elections Administrator office, the county is appropriately elevating the importance of elections and demonstrating the vital need to have those elections expertly overseen. Splitting our county’s election duties between two offices, as we have previously done, eliminates the ability to streamline the electoral process and does not allow for our elections to be a year-round priority.
The Elections Administrator office is strongly supported by national voting rights experts and community-based organizations, and has been successfully adopted by local governments throughout the nation. Precinct One looks forward to working with the community as the process to create the office moves forward.