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Texas Caucus Missing Precinct Packets

In Barack Obama, Democracy, Democrats, Election 2008, Hillary Clinton, Houston, Politics, Texas Politics on March 11, 2008 at 10:42 pm

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ARE YOU KIDDING ME???

Following up on my Texas Caucus nightmare, 74 of the 874 precinct packets have yet to be located! One excuse is that some precincts didn’t have any democrats – but 74 of them???

Isn’t this proof enough that the 2008 Texas caucus needs to be thrown out or redone as a LEGAL process? I’m just so completely appalled by the whole fiasco and the fact that a week later Texas Democrats are still waiting for an official caucus count.

Sen. Clinton’s Campaign and LULAC (The League of United Latin American Citizens) has even considered filing lawsuits over the caucus while Texas Democratic Party chairman Boyd Richie urges the party to work from within to prevent such lawsuits.

From the Houston Chronicle:

March 11, 2008, 8:42PM
Harris County Dems have yet to start caucus tally
Files still being collected as clerk eyes irregularities

The outcome of the March 4 Democratic caucuses remains unknown in Harris County.

The count has not even begun. Instead, Harris County Democratic Party Chairman Gerry Birnberg said Tuesday, party volunteers still are collecting packets from the 874 precincts, copying the caucus documents, and tracking down precincts that did not deliver a packet to party headquarters.

About 800 of the precincts have been accounted for, said April Lloyd, the assistant primary director.

“We think there are some precincts with no Democrats, so they didn’t have a caucus, and some may have (incorrectly) mailed theirs to the state Democratic Party,” Birnberg said.

Precincts should have turned in their caucus materials to the county party by last Friday. The delegate lists from each precinct will be sorted into their respective state senate districts — there are seven covering Harris County — and sent to the district officials for the actual count of local delegates. The handover to the districts could be completed as early as today, Birnberg said.

Regional party conventions are set for March 29. Before then, party officials in each district will have to screen the people who caucused on March 4. If any are found ineligible, the delegate allocation between Clinton and Obama could be adjusted for the regional convention.

Some caucus-goers may be found ineligible if their primary vote is disqualified. The Harris County Clerk’s office is reviewing voting irregularities. The clerk’s office said 1,473 provisional ballots were cast — a record for a primary election. Two-thirds of those have been disqualified as ineligible, said county clerk spokesman Hector de Leon.

The office also is reviewing 884 voters who appeared to have voted twice — during early voting and on election day. The office also is examining 1,091 voters who appear to have voted in both the Democratic and Republican primaries.

“(They) took literally the admonition that they should ‘vote twice,’ ” Birnberg said. “It’s also a criminal offense.”

Under the state election code, voting twice is a third-degree felony.

TEXAS DELEGATE COUNT

This is an unofficial delegate count for Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. (The precinct caucus count is not yet complete.) Based on popular vote: Clinton, 65; Obama, 61

Projected from caucuses: Clinton, 30; Obama, 37

Superdelegates: Clinton, 12; Obama, 10; uncommitted, 13

Unofficial total: Clinton, 107; Obama, 108

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